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Anne (Moore) Arel

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Anne Lucille (Moore) Arel

1932 - 2015 WHATELY Anne Lucille (Moore) Arel, 83 of Chestnut Plain Rd., died Thursday, November 19th in Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, after a sudden and brief illness. She died peacefully surrounded by loving members of her family. She was born on April 7, 1932, in Colrain MA, the daughter of the late Walter Moore and Dorothy (McCloud) Bourassa. She went to schools in Westfield, Griswold-ville, and Colrain, MA. She attended St. Michaels High School in Brattleboro, VT and graduated in 1950 with honors and received the Bauch and Lomb Science Award. She graduated in 1954 from Children's Hospital School of Nursing in Boston MA. Anne worked as a surgical Registered Nurse from 1954 to 1956 at Grace Hospital in Detroit, MI. She also worked in surgery at Franklin Medical Center from 1956 to 1957 in Greenfield, MA. She found great joy as the infirmary nurse for 22 years at the Eaglebrook School for Boys since 1972 in Deerfield, MA. Anne was married to Lionel Arel in 1957. They recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on October 19th, 2015. They lived in Northampton for a short time before they decided to build their own home in Whately, MA, where they raised their family. Anne is survived by her loving husband, Lionel Arel, three children; Elise and husband, Timothy Rice, Colrain, MA; Donna Arel, Greenfield, MA; Christopher and wife, Kimberly (Willenbrock), Greenfield, MA; son, predeceased herStephen Arel (retired 20 years US Navy) and wife, Sherry Arel, Plainfield, CT. Anne is survived by her four sisters, Judith (Bourassa) Turner, Shelburne Falls; Patricia (Bourassa) Wissman, Derby VT; Theophile (Moore) Binh Truong, CA; Eve (Moore) Reynolds, CA; and two brothers, Frederick Bourassa, Greenfield MA; Richard Moore, Portland, OR; several nieces and nephews. Anne enjoyed getting involved in her local community. She was Vice President of the Whately PTA, secretary to the Whately Historical Society, and was the writing contributor to the Whately Bicentennial Book and designer of the Bicentennial water glass and its' graphics. She belonged to the Deerfield Valley Art Association and displayed her artwork at showings and other various craft events. She loved to read, paint, draw, knit, and do all kinds of crafts. Her talents spilled over into her countless hours spent crocheting intricate doilies and blankets. She was a master in the art of Scherrenchnitte, (German paper-cutting/silhouettes). She loved collecting all kinds of things: blue bottles, seashells, and tea kettles, to name a few. She also enjoyed her home, the ocean, birdwatching, figure skating, car racing, soap operas, old movies, and country western music. Some of Anne's extraordinary attributes included her beautiful smile, sense of humor, humility, clever spin on all kinds of topics and her resourceful ability to find uses in some things one would never dream of. She took great pleasure in sharing frequent road trips with her husband, Lionel, all over New England. They both loved motorcycle riding and snowmobiling with family and friends over the years. She was happiest when she was spending time loving her family and friends. As the heart of the family, she will be especially remembered for the wonderful mother, sister, daughter, mother-in-law, aunt, friend and wife she was. She is deeply loved and will remain in our hearts forever. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours at the Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield, MA will be Tuesday, November 24 from 9 to 11a.m. A memorial-service celebration of her life will follow with Jack Cooper officiating. The burial will follow at the Whately Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Whately Ambulance and Emergency Service team of heros. Expressions of Sympathy are available at: www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 24, 2015
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