Note: N72 Fayetteville, Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Times, Friday, February 6, 1981
West Fork -- Mrs. Marcia Swett Arpin, 75, of West Fork died Tuesday in a Fayetteville hospital. Born Sept. 14, 1905, in Bancroft, Wis., the daughter of Martin B. and Carrie Waterman Fadner. A graduate of Fond du Lac, (Wis.) High School, she attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and Kalamazoo College, Mich. A newspaper reporter, illustrator and editor for a Wisconsin trade magazine, she was a legal secretary, operated dairy farms, and taught in one-room country schools in Colorado. She built and operated a trailer park in Pasadena, Texas.
She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1951 where she was active in the Republican Party. She helped organize the Republican Women's Club, served as vice chairman and regional representative for the Republican Party and manned the club's booth at the Washington County Fair for 20 years.
She was active in Red Cross disaster service and Civil Defense and held membership in many civic organizations. She wrote some 200 poems which were being processed for publication at the time of her death and has taken many poetry prizes at state and local levels. A group of her religious paintings, which she called "Portraits of the Un-Beautiful Christ" are on display at the First Christian Church in Fayetteville.
She is survived by three sons, Ben H. Swett of Philadelphia, Martin J. Arpin of El Paso, Tex., and Julien C. Arpin of Fayetteville; a daughter, Mrs. Carol M. Downie of Rochester, Minn.; two sisters and a brother, all of Wisconsin; and eight grand-children. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Moore's Chapel with burial in Fond du Lac, Wis.
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Commonwealth Reporter, Tuesday, February 10, 1981
Funeral Services for Mrs. Marcia Swett Arpin, 75, a poet, painter and illustrator, formerly of Fond du Lac, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Candlish Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. William T. Cornelius and Ben H. Swett will officiate and burial will be in Empire Cemetary.
She died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1981, in Fayetteville, Ark. She was born Sept. 14, 1905, in Bancroft, the daughter of Martin B. and Carrie Waterman Fadner.
She was a graduate of Fond du Lac High School, served as a secretary to the high school principal and was active in the First Baptist Church.
She attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She was a newspaper reporter and illustrator and editor of a trade magazine in Wisconsin Rapids.
She served as secretary to Herbert E. Swett, a lawyer in Fond du Lac whom she later married. Following his death, she operated dairy farms at Empire, Mount Calvary and Peebles.
She later was married to Frank Rozek of Lake deNeveu. Following divorce from him, she taught school in Colorado. She was married to Julien J. Arpin of Wisconsin Rapids and they operated a trailer park in Texas until moving to northwest Arkansas in 1951.
Mrs. Arpin wrote over 200 poems which were being processed for publication at the time of her death. She received numerous poetry prizes at state and local levels.
She is survived by two sons, Ben H. Swett of Philadelphia, Penn., and Martin J. Arpin of El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Carol M. Downie of Rochester, Minn.; a stepson, Julien C. Arpin of Fayetteville, Ark; a brother, Glen R. Fadner of Oshkosh; two sisters, Mrs. Hal (Mary) Williams of Milwaukee and Mrs. Oscar (Grace) Bastian of Fond du Lac.
Memorials may be sent to Marcia Swett Arpin Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 323, West Fork, Ark. 72774, to support publication of her poetry book.
Burial: Empire Cemetery, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.
Her will dated 6 November 1975 and probated 27 August 1981 in Washington County, Arkansas, gave her estate to her children Ben H. Swett, Martin John Arpin, and Carol Marcia Downie, mentioned her stepson Julien Coty Arpin as otherwise provided for (by his Arpin and Kellogg grandparents) and named her son Ben H. Swett as executor.
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