Arlene Leaf Salisbury

Punta Gorda, FL and formerly of East Tawas, MI
August 5, 1920 - May 7, 2020


Private family services will be held at a later date.

Obituary Notice

Arlene Leaf Salisbury

Age 99, of Punta Gorda, FL and formerly of East Tawas, MI passed away on Thursday, May 07, 2020. She was born on August 5, 1920 in Flint, MI to Ernest and Pearl Leaf (nee Teachout). Arlene attended Flint schools until 1930 before moving to Tawas and graduating in 1938. She later earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1943. Arlene married Beryl Turner Salisbury on February 27, 1944 at the Christ Episcopal Church in East Tawas. She managed her husband’s Advertising business in Detroit, MI and later became the owner of the Oscoda Ben Franklin and the Booknook in East Tawas until she sold both and retired in 1980. Arlene enjoyed collecting information about current events and self improvement, reading, volunteering and she was a dog lover. She belonged to the Kappa Delta Sorority International – Diamond Circle, Animal Humanitarians (Iosco County Humane Society), Quota Club International, Iosco County Historical Society, St. Joseph Hospital Volunteers, Easter Seal Volunteer, Tawas Area Presbyterian Church and the Iosco County Senior Center. Arlene is survived by her daughter, Anne Catherine (Jon Ames) Obermeyer of Punta Gorda, FL; 3 granddaughters, Jessica (Robert) Archer, Sarah Obermeyer, Hannah Obermeyer; 2 great-grandsons, Tyler (Rebecca) Buckingham, Armon Archer; 2 great-granddaughters, Haleigh (Dillon) Roberts, Elmise Archer and sister-in-law Beverly (Salisbury) Tyler. She was preceded in death by her father Ernest A. (1952), mother Pearl M. (1978) and husband Beryl (2007). Private arrangements were handled by Buresh Funeral Homes of Tawas City, MI and the place of interment will be the Greenwood Cemetery in East Tawas, MI. Memorials may be directed to Kelby’s Kids, P.O. Box 57, Reed City, MI 49677-0057 (, which is a non-profit medical mission to Haiti) and you may offer condolences at


Kelby’s Kids
P.O. Box 57
Reed City, MI 49677-0057
(, which is a non-profit medical mission to Haiti)


Greenwood Cemetery ~ East Tawas, Michigan


What a beautiful lady! I am so blessed to be her granddaughter!!
— Jessica Archer
Armon was so very sad to hear this news. He sends his love to everyone.

Jon, Anne, and Jessica, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
— Sarah Olson
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .
You and Jon took very good care of your Mom.
She was blessed to have the two of you.
— Carolyn Hageman
A beautiful lady who enjoyed a long and full life!
Anne, May the Lord hold you and your family in his loving and healing hand during this time.
— Karen Renninger (PRQG)
I'm sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I worked at Tawas Village while she was there. She was a very kind woman. 💜☮🙇. Cheryl
— Cheryl Kobel
I always remember her kindness to share summers in Cadillac. Many good times.
Your mom had 99 good years and great , loving care from family.
— Sharon Dreese
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing! May God give you comfort and peace.
— Harold & Mary Klassen
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was lucky to have you and Jon caring for her. Praying for you and your family.
— Donna Hart
A wonderful lady. I worked with her at the animal shelter many times. She uplifted my spirit many times. We will miss you.
— Judy Hills
My sincere condolences. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Your mother can now rest. You took wonderful care of your her.
— Mary Beth Szatori
So sorry to hear of Arlene's passing. Arlene and I were fellow Quotarians. She was a wonderful woman. Prayers to the family.
— Bonita Coyle
What a sweet sister-in-law, I have many fond memories to cherish.
Anne, love and comfort to you and all the family.
— Beverly (Salisbury) Tyler
I loved working with Arlene on projects at the Iosco County Historical Museum. We shared good memories and I am so grateful for them. A wonderful life!
— Christine Mary Huebner
So sorry to hear of your moms passing. I have wonderful memories and stories of her and your dad. Ive missed her. She was a lady. Beautiful inside and out. May she rest in peace. Prayers for family.
— Karen Curtis
Anne (and Jon), I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing, but you may have noticed that nobody from the Tawas Senior Center has entered condolences, for the very good reason that Arlene has already joined many of her old friends. She and Beryl were regulars at the Center, and she spent hours as treasurer there, until she could no longer see well enough. I was sorry she had to leave Tawas, but thank you for caring for her in her last years.
— Rachel McCready,

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