Arlyce was born April 23, 1949 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Verna and Arvel Anfinson. She grew up in Hettinger, North Dakota, where she was first of three children. After graduating from Hettinger High School in 1967, Arlyce attended Presentation College earning a two-year secretarial degree and later became a purchasing agent for her family owned businesses Anfinson Fleet Wholesale. While studying at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, she met Richard Mitzel, whom she married on December 27, 1969. This marriage allowed her to lovingly raise four children in Dickinson, North Dakota. During her children’s youth, Arlyce was highly active in all facets of their lives: serving as a Blue Bird Leader for the girls, driving her son and the basketball cheerleaders to all of their games, transporting her daughters throughout the North Dakota Quarter Horse show circuit, and making sure her children were well nourished with home cooked meals every night. She did all this without ever asking for anything in return.
Interests aside from Arlyce’s children and her career included: the bowling league, Toastmasters, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and remodeling her home which was showcased in the American Association of University Women Home Tour 1981. Arlyce always told her children that “Knowledge is Power” and set this example through her creative writing, and her study of Russian, Western and Native American history. She also loved collecting pictures of her family, scrapbooking, traveling, and baking, however; her greatest satisfaction in life was watching her kids grow up and flourish both in their youth and beyond.
After her youngest child graduated high school Arlyce relocated to Arizona to be closer to her family. She was blessed with grandchildren, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent loving and caring for them. In her later years, she cherished every moment she got to spend with her children and her 5 grandkids. One of her biggest regrets in her final years was that her health prevented her from being more active in her children and grandchildren’s life. Arlyce remained a fighter ‘til the very end with a great quirky sense of humor that kept us all laughing. She never wanted to burden anyone with the pain and suffering she was enduring. Arlyce put on a strong and happy face and told everyone to not worry about her, but to just take care of themselves and their own families.
All who knew Arlyce recognized her huge heart and deep love for animals. Over the course of her life she gave a home to many dogs, horses, and cats. She fostered her children’s love of animals by helping them to rescue cats and providing doggie day care while the kids pursued their life goals. Later in life she spent the majority of her time loving on and taking care of her two beloved Bernese Mountain dogs Jake and Amos Tucker.
Memories of a life that has been loved. A heart that’s broke is a heart that’s been loved. Arlyce was survived by her four children: Derek and Stephanie Mitzel of Phoenix, AZ; Ari and Heidi Blechner of Phoenix, AZ; Eric and Heather Levy of Prairie Village, KS; and Holly Mitzel of Prairie Village, KS. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Ty Mitzel, Reed Mitzel, Harper Mitzel, Hadley Levy, and Grace Levy. She is survived by her two siblings Jon Anfinson and Stacie Anfinson, and her two nieces Haley Anfinson Martin and Ariana Anfinson Martin and her dog Amos Tucker.