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May 07, 2013 8:00 am

Arlyne Highland

(March 22, 1928 - May 4, 2013)

Arlyne Highland, 85, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Spirit Mountain Hospice House in Cody after a long battle with COPD.

Arlyne was born as the only child of Alton and Bertie Holmvik near Fertile, Minn. She grew up with a myriad of chores and duties associated with life on a small dairy farm. She enjoyed dormitory life while attending high school in Crookston, Minn., where the school schedule allowed for time off during harvest season.

She married Arthur Highland Dec. 21, 1948 and moved to Cody that same week. Her husband found work with the Bureau of Reclamation while she took on the tasks of raising a family. In the early 1950s she, along with her husband, brother-in-law and sister-in-law started the A&B Drive-in restaurant located where the Dairy Queen now stands. Later, renamed “Bud’s Drive-in,” it was moved to where Denny Menholt Chevrolet Buick is currently located.

Arlyne worked as a retail clerk for significant periods at the old Ben Franklin Store, Weimers Supermarket and for Rodeo West convenience store, all located in Cody.

She enjoyed playing music as a drummer in a country western band and racing stock cars on weekends; needless to say, she was a huge NASCAR fan. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren most of all.

Arlyne was preceded in death by her former husband, parents and daughter, Patricia Deroche.

She is survived by her son, Arthur (Meg) Highland; daughters Sheryl (Spence Benoit) Feeley and Holly Highland; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Ballard Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Cremation has taken place and funeral services will be announced at a later date. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.ballardfh.com.

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