Arlene Walkup Verzaal, age 98, died on July 9, 2021 at home. She was a Wilmington native born to W.D. and Effie Walkup in 1923. She attended New Hanover High School and upon graduation, she married Marion Verzaal. They were the proud parents of one son, Marion Verzaal Jr.
She worked various jobs throughout her lifetime, to include welding in the boat yard during WWII and being a beautician. She was probably best known as a homemaker and partner and in the family business of growing and selling plants at Dutch Nursery.
Arlene was a devout Christian who loved her church family. She was known for her love of life and her unconditional love and compassion.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, husband, son, one great grandchild Justin, and sisters. She is survived by her grandson Paul and his wife Christian along with their two children, Chase and Lauren. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews.
There will be a service at 2:00 pm Friday July 16 at Oleander United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Lifecare or the church.
Services are in the care of Coastal Cremations, 6 Jacksonville Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.