August 28, 2012
Marnel Rae Arena (Wiggins) was born April 8, 1953, in Seattle, the first of three daughters born to Austin and Betty Jo Wiggins, and passed away peacefully at her home, of breast cancer, on Aug. 15, 2012, with her family by her side.
She grew up in Issaquah in the home that her father built. She attended Clark Elementary School and Issaquah Junior High School, and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1971. At Issaquah High, she was involved with the girls’ club, cheered on the JV cheer squad her junior year, served as ASB secretary her senior year, was crowned Queen of the Senior Ball, and was on the honor roll throughout her entire high school career. Following graduation, Marnel attended then-Bellevue Community College and earned her Associate of Arts degree.