Atkinson, NH — Arlene J. (Dumont) Huntress, age 83, of Atkinson, was called home to the Lord on August 18, 2013, at Penacook Place in Haverhill, Mass., where she received wonderful and loving care from all the staff at 3 South and Merrimack Valley Hospice. She was born on May 23, 1930, in Haverhill, the daughter of the late Emile F. and Helen (Huard) Dumont. She was the wife of the late Richard E. Huntress, Sr., who was called home to the Lord in 2002 and was predeceased by her brother, Roland and sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Boucher. Arlene was raised and educated in Haverhill, graduated from Haverhill High School, Class of 1947, and had been a longtime resident of Atkinson since 1957.
Arlene worked as a secretary for Western Electric in North Andover, Mass., for many years. She was the family “prayer warrior” and would pray for family and friends every morning and evening in her daily devotions. She loved reading, her soap operas, bird watching, the Red Sox, knitting and crocheting and had knitted many hats, scarves, and mittens over the years for local charities. Arlene was associated with Pentucket Baptist Church of Atkinson, the Alliance Church of Haverhill and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Kingston for many years.
Arlene is survived by her brother, Lucien Dumont and wife, Phyllis, of Harwich, Mass.; son, Stephen G. Colella and his fiancée, Teresa Esculano, of Waterville, Maine; daughter, Laurie J. Rubin and her husband, Jeffrey, of Lynnfield, Mass.; step-sons, Richard E. Huntress, Jr. of Haverhill and his companion, Jean Blackadar, Randy G. Huntress of Calif.; eight grandchildren, Stephen, Joelle, Michael, Dustin, Rick, John, Sarah, and Gabe; ten great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Anthony, Lennon, Samantha, Emily, John, Jesse, Seth, Colton and Beckowen; many nieces and nephews and friends who touched her life.
ARRANGEMENTS: There are no calling hours. A private family graveside service will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Haverhill, Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Town of Atkinson Elder Affairs, 21 Academy Ave., Atkinson, NH 03811 or First Congregational Church of Kingston, P.O. Box 203, Kingston, NH 03848.
Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home, 116 Main St., (Route 121A), Plaistow, N.H., is entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit www.brooksidechapelfh.com to sign the online guest book.