Mother Arlene Kimbrough

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Arlene Kimbrough (Fanies) was born in New York City, NY on March 8, 1942. She was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 13, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. Arlene was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn Bullock. At the age of four, Arlene was adopted by her mother’s aunt and her husband, Susie and John Fanies.

Arlene was an active disciple of God. She was a devoted member of Christ Memorial Missionary Baptist Church for more than 40 years where she served on many different ministries; Katherine Hill Kafé, the CMBC Produce Market, and the Grace Peoples Missionary Circle. In addition, Arlene was appointed and served on the Mother Board Ministry. Arlene also loved teaching Sunday school. She was also a reading tutor for the after-school program.

Arlene graduated with honors from East High School in Buffalo, NY. She was a graduate of Mount Carmel School of Nursing and received her LPN. She later returned to college to receive her Bachelor of Science degree and became an RN. Arlene worked as an LPN and RN at Grant Hospital in Labor and Delivery where she retired after 25 years. Because of her love of nursing and helping people, Arlene continued to work as an RN. She worked 14 years at Molina Health Care up until the time of her hospitalization. She eventually retired at the age of 80 from Molina Health Care as a Case Manager Nurse for expecting mothers.

Arlene was a beloved mother, grandmother, and loyal friend. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving son; Anthony Kimbrough, her loving daughter; Pamela Kimbrough, grandchildren; Collin Kimbrough and Daniel Kimbrough, former daughter-in-law; Connie Benton, former son-in-law; Shawn Hall and a host of cousins, special friends; Mother Carolina Thomas, Mother Maxine Raymore, Deaconess Janice Ross, Teresa Conley, and Stephanie Brown, her Christ Memorial family, extended family members, and dear friends.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at Christ Memorial Baptist Church , 3330 E. Livingston Ave. Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Kimbrough Family, visit

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Condolence Messages

  1. Arlene, you were the sweetest most positive person I have ever met. I am a better person for knowing you. I am going to miss you so much. Thank you for leading the example on how to love and serve Jesus. To her sweet children who she loved to talk about so much, know your mother was deeply loved by all her co-workers and what an impact she made on the lives of the many people she served in her role at Molina.

  2. Jenny and Jene Rayford

    My heart goes out to you,Pam and Tony. I hope you find peace in knowing that your mom is now home with the Lord. She is Well,Praising and Thanking our Lord for all eternity. We will see her again in that great getting up morning, Hallelujah. May our Lord give you Peace, Strength and Grace. Our loss is your mom’s gain.

  3. Ed and Kathy VanDeWater

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your Mom. She was a very special lady who will be missed by many. We pray that you find comfort in knowing that she is in the arms of the Lord, where she will find eternal peace. God Bless You.

  4. Josie Thompson

    My prayers and condolences go out to ms.arlene family and friends I will ms.arlene she was a wonderful women how always greet me and others with a smile gave great health advice enjoyed her on are pathway trips love you ms Arlene I will miss you josie thompson

  5. My deepest sympathies to the family of Ms Arlene. Ms Arlene was one of those one in a million people-giving her heart and soul to every life she touched. I’ve never met such an incredible, kind, sweet, warm, loving, generous soul in my life. My life is so much more fulfilled and better having known Ms Arlene. Thank you, Ms Arlene for all you continuously did for Pathway Clubhouse.

  6. Sandra Jennings, Surprise Arizona

    My prayers and condolences to Mother Arlene’s family. Mother Arlene was such an inspiration and truly impacted my life. I am blessed to have met Mother Arlene at Christ Memorial Baptist Church and I will always be grateful for her friendship and loving-kindness. Mother Arlene, Rest In Heavenly Peace.

  7. Shirleen Anderson

    To the family, Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal! Cherish the many memories of Mother Kimbrough! She was a jewel! Continue to walk in her legacy!

  8. Robert A. "Bob" Evans Sr.

    I was saddened to hear of Arlene’s passing. There is no more pain and suffering because I believe she has at this time spiritually earned her wings and entry into Heaven to serve God. I remember she was a very sweet person with a great personality. Because of her spiritual belief and nursing occupation, I am sure that she helped many people. To Tony and Pam my prayers will continue for you to remain strong during your period of grief, bereavement and mourning. Although it has been a long period of time since I last saw you, I still care for you as I did when you were growing up. Additionally, give my condolences to your Dad. My family send their prayers also.

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