• Arline E. Tucker
    February 25,2013
     

    Arline E. Tucker

    Arline E. Tucker

    LOWER GRANITEVILLE — Arline Ewen Tucker, 88, of Orchard Terrace, passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2013, at Rowan Court Health and Rehab in Barre, where she had been a resident since Feb. 7. Born Sept. 30, 1924, in Lower Graniteville, to Robert and Christina (McLeod) Ewen, she lived her entire life in Lower Graniteville, except for a brief period in Barre during World War II. She attended school in Lower Graniteville and was a graduate of Spaulding High School, class of 1942. On July 19, 1946, she married Cecil “Pete” Tucker in the Graniteville Presbyterian Church.

    She worked as bookkeeper at Allen Lumber Co. in Barre from 1942-1946; as a stenographer at Reynolds & Son in Barre from 1960-1961; and was Dr. Ernest V. Reynolds’ head bookkeeper from 1968 until 1996. She collected the “water rent” for the Graniteville Fire District No. 4 for 50 years. She was president of the PTA and was a Cub Scout den mother and Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Arline was a lifelong member of the Graniteville Presbyterian Church where she was an elder, clerk of the session, member of the Friendship Forum and the Women’s Guild, organist and Sunday school superintendent for many years. Due to her diligence and example, many Sunday school students learned the books of the Bible and where to find them quickly.

    Arline was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, was past matron of Ruth Chapter No. 33, and most recently a member of Charity Chapter No. 57 in Williamstown. In 1978-1979, she was the worthy grand matron of the Grand Chapter of Vermont, traveling over 25,000 miles that year, visiting every chapter in the state. For many years, she and Pete enjoyed camping with the National Camping Travelers Masonic group, frequently bringing along their grandsons Robert and Daniel.

    So very proud of her Scottish heritage and her clan, MacLeod of Lewis, Arline and Pete made several trips to Scotland, visiting her extended family and sites she had heard so much about from her ancestors. Every Christmas, she made Scottish shortbread and other treats for her gift baskets, and she and her family made mealie puddings for the many Scots who lived in the area. She was a talented seamstress, making her daughters many Easter and Christmas dresses, usually putting on the hems at midnight. She made many specialty, theme birthday cakes for her children over the years. She made everyone welcome into her home and so enjoyed all the folks who stopped by. She spent many happy hours at “the farm” of her aunt and uncle, Mary and George McLeod, along with her cousins, Vera, Elliott, Tootsie and Mimi.

    Besides her loving husband of 66 years, “Pete,” she is survived by her children and their spouses, Bill and Debbie Tucker, of Los Banos, Calif., and Jane Tucker and Kevin Thompson, of Putnamville, Vt. She is also survived by her grandchildren and their spouses, Heather (Willard) and Neil Parizo, of Holly Springs, N.C., Holly Willard and Paul LaFogg, of Newmarket, N.H., Amber (Tucker) and Jed Caredio, of Collegeville, Pa., Angela Tucker, of Los Banos, Calif., Jimmy Turturici and Sari Smith, of San Jose, Calif., Ronnie Turturici and Caitlin Smith, of Santa Cruz, Calif., Robert and Daniel Thompson, of Putnamville, Vt.; and her great-grandchildren, Taylor Parizo, Haylea Verrastro, Konner, Christian and Kelly Caredio, and Cleo and Pearl Turturici. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and classmate, Marjorie E. Brown, of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and her brother-in-law, William M. Carr, of Cherry Hill, N.J. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter Mary Ellen Willard in 2002.

    Arline’s life will be honored and celebrated on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Graniteville Presbyterian Church.

    Later interment will be made in the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town.

    Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Graniteville Presbyterian Church, c/o Lynn Murray, P.O. Box 24, Graniteville, VT 05654; or to the Grand Chapter of Vermont ESTARL Fund, c/o Jerri Riegler, 65 Lindale Drive, Colchester, VT 05446.

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