Arlene Mae deBoer (nee Flick)
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AGE: 89 • New Castle
Arlene deBoer, a longtime resident of New Castle, went peacefully to her Savior in Heaven on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Arlene was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1924 to Irene Mae and Howard Flick in White Haven, PA.
At the age of 14, she first met her future husband, Lloyd W. (Jim) deBoer, when he delivered baked goods from deBoer's Bakery to her home. He was 20 at the time so he barely gave her a glance. After graduating from high school, Arlene briefly attended nursing school in Reading, PA, but because she was homesick she left after six weeks. She went to work at Split Rock Lodge as a waitress in the main dining room and later as a singer with the resort's orchestra. She also sang on weekend evenings at a club in Hazelton, PA. During World War II, Arlene spent her days in a nearby factory painting bombs red, white and blue.
Although she was engaged to another young man, shortly after Jim deBoer returned from serving in the Marine Corps, both of them broke their engagements and became engaged to each other on Valentine's Day, 1946. They were married in White Haven Presbyterian Church on March 16th.
Arlene helped out at the bakery when they were first married. When Jim's father was ready to retire, the bakery was sold and Jim went to work for what was then Atlas Powder Company. In 1951, he was transferred to the company's Chemical Engineering Laboratory located on Cherry Lane in New Castle. Arlene was a working mother when most mother's were not. She first worked as a saleswoman at the Children's Corner, located in the 900 block of Market Street in downtown Wilmington, followed by a nearly 30 year career as the receptionist for the law firm of Connolly, Bove, Lodge and Hutz, retiring in 1986.
Arlene and Jim were part of the small group of charter members of Faith Lutheran Church, formed in 1954. From those early years until 60 years later, the church and her church family were at the center of Arlene's life. Her various roles included Sunday School teacher, choir member and soloist, Elder of Worship, member of the Priscilla Circle and the Caring Committee. Her personal relationship with God was of the utmost importance to her and even as her mobility declined, she continued to make telephone calls and send out cards to people who needed some uplifting.
Besides her faith and family, Arlene was passionate about helping people and animals in need. She regularly supported many organizations dedicated to saving animals from all types of abuse as well as to many charities focused on helping people in need worldwide.
Arlene was predeceased by her parents, beloved husband, Jim, and a younger brother, Howard F. Flick, Jr. In addition to her daughter, Jameé McGaughan, she is survived by her son-in-law, Lee T. McGaughan of Newark; adored grandsons James Michael of Newark, and Sean Patrick McGaughan (Carrie) of Pembroke Pines, FL; four precious great-grandchildren, John, Riagan, Caiden and Kaitlyn; nephew, John E. Dinan (Mary and son, Jonathan) of Lake Como, PA; and her ever faithful daily companion and granddog, Jack, to whom she was known as his "other mommy." They will forever cherish memories of this kind, loving, generous, Christian, and classy lady.
Visitation will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Wednesday evening, February 12, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A second visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Thursday morning, February 13, 2014 at Faith Lutheran Church, 2265 Red Lion Road, Bear, DE 19701, followed by a service to celebrate Arlene's life at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church at the address listed above or to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.
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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2014