Arline Arel moved to Grandview from Haverhill, Massachusetts, and then built a house in Lee’s Summit. She began working as a chef in Longview’s kitchen more than 25 years ago — and also was the fry cook when needed. She cooked up a storm for the employees and the students, enjoying every minute of it. The last four years she has been the head cashier.
Last summer, when Longview decided to close the kitchen. But it shortly reopened because Arline was willing to prepare hot food and the salad line by herself. Again, this was a labor of love.
She maintains that she will never retire because she enjoys the company of Longview’s employees and students. She says, “I love the students—seeing their growth and achievements."
She still finds time between semesters when the café is closed to go camping, boating, and swimming. She has nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren with whom she enjoys her vacation time.