Mary Ellen Arb, 85, Melvern: July 6, 1935 – Jan. 8, 2021 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Mary Ellen Arb, 85, Melvern: July 6, 1935 – Jan. 8, 2021

MELVERN, Kan. – Mary Ellen Arb, 85, passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at her home in Melvern, Kan. She was born July 6, 1935, in Melvern, the daughter of Herbert and Mary (Barbee) Criqui.

Mary Ellen had lived most of her life in the Melvern community, where she graduated from Melvern High School in 1952. She worked for Bell Telephone as a payroll clerk until her retirement in 1997. She was a member of the Pioneers Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Melvern United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

On July 26, 1952, Mary Ellen was united in marriage to Dale Arb, in Texas. To this union four children were born, Mike, Kenny, Linda and Bryon.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Mary; two brothers, Herb and Oren Criqui; and her three sisters, Viola Stamback, Martha Brockman and Betty Midhour.

Mary Ellen is survived by her husband, Dale, of 68 years; four children, Mike Arb, Topeka, Kan., Kenny (Robyn) Arb, Melvern, Linda (Bert) Brannen, Atlanta, Ga., and Bryon (Tina) Arb, Topeka; brother, William (Bill) Criqui, Melvern; five grandchildren Sonya Ruiz, Toni Arb, Lana Shelton, Wayne Arb and Whitney Arb; and many great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Melvern Cemetery. Mary Ellen will lie in state 3-6 p.m. Tuesday at Feltner Funeral Home, in Lyndon. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Ellen Arb Memorial Fund, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at

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