Arlene Ruth Bansal passed away in the early morning hours of July 13, 2019. Beloved daughter of Arthur Fredrick Hansen and Lois Mae Hansen, she is survived by her only child and son,  Dilip K. Bansal, her sister Donna J. Daugherty, brother-in-law Robert M. Daugherty and nephews Scott and Tom Turner. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she lived the last fifty years in Phoenix,    Arizona.

Arlene, after graduating High School in the 1950’s, attended Bob Jones University, where she earned a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts.  Following graduation, she earned her Masters Degree in Library Science from the prestigious University of Chicago. Being the  adventurous type, never turning down an opportunity to learn, travel and serve, she took a job with United States Agency for International Development, as a librarian, in New Delhi, India, where she met and married her late husband Raj K. Bansal.

The lifetime friendships Arlene developed as a child in Chicago, her work and studies as a young woman at Bob Jones University, her residence at University of Chicago’s International House, her worldwide travels, friends, and marriage in India, became the backbone, strength and foundation of her adult life.

Arlene raised a family in Phoenix, Arizona, spent her time with her many friends, numerous clubs, groups and philanthropic   organizations while working full-time developing her career as a librarian, leading her to the Director position of Arizona State Librarian, for the Libraries of Archives and Public Records, until her retirement in the 1990’s. Upon retirement, she continued on a mission to better the lives of many throughout the remainder of life.

She will be missed. Until we meet again. A special person;  a special friend;  a special sister; a special mother; a special life.

Words from a son.


Her life celebration, service and reception will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85018, Saturday, August 3, 2019, 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM, Condolences may be expressed on   

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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