MONTPELIER - Patricia Sue "Patty" Arley, 62, passed away suddenly on November 8, 2012, at her home.
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Patty was born on July 25, 1950, to Barbara J. Arley and the late Dr. Cornelius P. Arley at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, VT.
In 1968, Patty graduated from Northfield High School having been a member of the National Honor Society, a junior varsity and varsity cheerleader and winner of the 1967 Junior Miss Pageant.
In 1972 she graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA degree in English and certification as a high school teacher. Sadly, shortly after her graduation from UVM, she was afflicted with and disabled by a severe mental illness.
As a resident of Montpelier, Patty enjoyed greeting folks in the community as they passed along the city sidewalks. She was a friend to everyone, always a smile and a hello to any passerby.
Patty is survived by her mother, Barbara Arley, Montpelier, VT, her stepfather, Donald Buck, Berlin, VT; her sisters Brenda Arley, Glens Falls, NY, Donna Stead, Montpelier, Suellen Flood, Berlin, Cheryl Peterson, Berlin and Pam Buck, Montpelier; her brothers, Scott Buck, Berlin and Peter Buck, Williamstown, VT and several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and cousins.
Gifts in her memory can be made to the National Association on Mental Illness, 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 designated Central Vermont Affiliate, or American Diabetes Association, Boston Location Office, 10 Speen St. 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701.
A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, November 13, at 11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier with a reception following. All are welcome.
Interment of ashes will take place in a private ceremony at Mount Hope cemetery in Northfield, VT following the reception.
Published in Times Argus on Nov. 11, 2012