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Marlene Ruth Breiling

Marlene Ruth Breiling, age 96, of Jasper, Arkansas, passed away November 25, 2019. She entered this life November 16, 1923, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the daughter of Leo and Nolie (Joiner) Cross. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.



Marlene devoted herself to working on the farm she owned with her husband in California, harvesting avocados. They later sold the farm and purchased a ranch in Arkansas, where she joined the Cattleman’s Association. She was an avid reader, which led to her becoming an author for children’s books. Marlene started painting that lasted for 15 years. During those times she joined various clubs around Jasper, Arkansas and was awarded Newton County Volunteer of the Year. Marlene lived a great and fulfilling life and will be loved and missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted Breiling; parents, Leo and Nolie Cross; brothers: Byron, Leo, and Guy; and sisters: Nolie, Ruby, Evelyn, and Thena Beth.

Marlene is survived by her son, Michael Gallagher; brother, Sir Robert Cross; three grandchildren: Greg, Michelle, and Gage; and three great-grandchildren: Jake, Logan, and Dayva.


No services are planned at this time. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.

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