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Arlene Barbara Burch

Modified: Monday, Jul 15th, 2013


Arlene Barbara Burch


Arlene Barbara Burch of Newport, Oregon, died peacefully June 19, 2013 after a brief illness with her children by her side. Arlene was 61 years old.

Arlene was born May 19, 1952 in Thunder Bay,Ontario, Canada to Einar Burch and Albina Burch. She graduated from Westgate High School in 1970 and The Lakehead Modeling School, both in Thunder Bay. Arlene worked at the Royal Bank in Thunder Bay until her modeling career soared! Arlene was voted “Miss Photogenic” and “Miss Fashion Model” in 1972 in Thunder Bay and was also awarded a modeling contract and ultimately signed with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York City. She was in the midst of her modeling career when she met Bruce Clayman (her former husband and father of her two children). Bruce proposed to her on the cobblestone walk in front of the Gran Place in Brussels, Belgium. They were married November 23, 1975 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She travelled the world: thru the jungles of Africa, rode horseback thru the Andes, operated and lived at their hotel in the Bahamas, sailed the Caribbean and traveled thru Europe. Arlene lived in New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Miami Beach and Oregon, all after moving from Canada.

Arlene was an extraordinarily talented and creative woman. Creating fashion, making jewelry, and interior design are just a few among her many, many hobbies and talents. She loved music and she loved to dance. Reading was a passion throughout her life.

Arlene is survived by her son Ian Shad Clayman, her daughter Danielle Brooke Clayman, former husband Bruce Jay Clayman – all of Newport, Oregon; sister: Diana Burch of Thunder Bay, Ontario; brother: Ronnie Burch of Olds, Alberta; sister: Lorraine Olson of Woodside, California; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arlene had a fantastic energy and enormous spirit. She was deeply loved and will be missed by many.

Arlene is preceded in death by her father Einar Burch, Mother Albina Burch, and brother Bobby Burch – all of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

A memorial for Arlene will be held Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm at her children’s restaurant, Bay 839. An urn will be placed with her brother Bobby at the family niche in Canada.

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