Arlene Smith Rec passed away quietly at Vernon Green on March 6, 2017 at the age of 97. Arlene was born in an apartment above the Central Vermont Railway Station in Vernon, Vermont to parents Guy and Alta (Richardson) Smith on January 23, 1920.
Arlene was educated in Vernon North School, where eight grades were taught by one teacher. She continued her education at Brattleboro High School, graduating in 1938. After raising her family, Arlene returned to school and obtained an Associates Degree from Castleton University at age 55.
On July 22, 1938, Arlene married John Rec in the St. Michael's Catholic Rectory. John and Arlene were married for 77 years this past July. John passed away in September of 2016. They resided in Brattleboro all of their married life, except for living at Shelburne Bay for a year before moving to Vernon Green.
Arlene is survived by two children, Jeanne LaClair and her husband Charles of Shelburne, Vermont and Michael and his wife Carol, residing in Ocala, Florida. Additionally, she left three grandsons, Timothy (Cathy) and Daniel (Shannon) LaClair residing in the Burlington area, and Jeffrey Rec (Deanna) residing in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.
During her work career, Arlene held many diverse positions in the Brattleboro area. She worked as a domestic while completing high school. She also sewed baseballs for Spaulding Brothers and made bomb and shell boxes during WWII. She worked for the town listers' office, canvassed the entire town of Brattleboro for school census, and worked as a teacher's aide at Green Street School. She retired as secretary at St. Michael's School in 1982.
She was active as a room mother, den leader, Little League scorekeeper, and always supported her children's activities. In their later life she and John took many trips to polka weekends, as well as visits to National Parks. Arlene enjoyed dancing, painting and making greeting cards.
She is survived by her sister Helen Monroe of Northfield, Massachusetts, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and by brothers Elwin, Allen and Russell, and sisters Leona Tinney, Ruby Purrington, Bernice Foley and Norma Putnam.
Visiting hours and a brief service will be held at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home from 1 PM to 3 PM on Saturday, March 18th. A reception will be held at the Union Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Burial in North Cemetery in Vernon will take place in the springtime.
Memorial donations may be made in Arlene's name to Vernon Green Nursing Home Activities Fund, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, VT 05354.
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