Arlee Ann Zadow, 84, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2017, at Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Williston.
Arlee was born on May 23, 1933, in Sidney, Montana, the daughter of Pete and Anna (Andersen) Faaborg. She grew up in various farmsteads around the Sidney area, attending country schools until high school. She graduated from Sidney High School in May 1951. Her father was extremely proud of having a daughter who graduated from high school.
On September 5, 1953, Arlee married Earl Zadow in Sidney, and together they had a daughter and a son. Earl was a part of the first oil boom of western North Dakota and the family moved frequently over the years wherever the oil rigs took them. In March 1967, they made what turned out to be their final move to Williston.
Arlee joined the workforce in the mid-70s, largely in the food service industry, beginning at the lunch-counter of Woolworth’s. She also worked at the deli of the Buttrey’s store, waitressing at the Elks, cooking for the county jail, and waitressing at the Trapper’s Kettle, where she retired when she was 62.
Over the years in whatever stage of life she was in, Arlee made lasting relationships with people and a lasting impression on many with her keen wit, sharp sense of humor, and generous heart. Arlee loved to go to (and have) rummage sales and was very talented in crocheting and other craft skills, creating many beautiful items for friends and loved ones. She was a dog lover and held a special love for her dogs Toto, Muffy, Abby, and Maggie. Arlee also deeply loved her children and was always very proud of them in whatever they accomplished. Arlee moved into Bethel in January 2014 and fast became a favorite among the staff.
Arlee is survived by her daughter Tricia (Floyd) Bentz, Bismarck, her son Jeff, Woodland, California, step-grandson Shaun Finkbeiner, Woodland, California, brother Vernon Faaborg, Elgin, Oklahoma, brother Gordon (Kerry) Faaborg, Malta, Montana, niece Sarah Faaborg, and nephews Erik Faaborg, and Don Krieg. She also leaves behind many special friends, including David and Roxanne Johnson, Williston.
Preceding Arlee in death were her parents, one brother Glenn, her former husband, and her daughter-in-law Cecelia Delevati.