Arlene Foy Reynolds
1945 - 2020
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ULSTER PARK- Arlene Foy Reynolds, born May 4, 1945, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in the loving care of family and friends. Arlene was born in Manhattan and grew up in Queens, N.Y., attending NYC public schools. Upon graduation from St. John’s University, Arlene was fortunate to have spent 2 years in Nigeria as a Peace Corps Volunteer. After three years teaching in NYC, Arlene married and moved to the Hudson Valley in 1972, embracing Ulster County as her home for the rest of her life. Over the years, Arlene worked with many of the major employers of the area: Ulster Community College, Dutchess Community College, SUNY New Paltz, Northwestern Mutual Life and WellCare of NY, but the work for which she was most proud and fulfilled was as Ulster County’s first full-time Human Rights Director, a position she held from 1998 until her retirement in 2012. During her more than 40 years in Ulster County, Arlene was a volunteer at Family of Woodstock, the Mohonk Preserve, the UPAC and Bardavon theaters, and the Town of Esopus Library. Arlene is survived by her daughter, Vanessa, son-in-law, John Emington, and granddaughter, Piper Emington, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; mother, Hazel Foy (Port Richey, Fla.); brothers James and Richard Foy (Long Island), brother William Foy (Tucson, Ariz.); sister, Frances Foy (Tucson, Ariz.); and many wonderful friends too numerous to name. Her greatest joys were time spent with Piper, chorale singing, tango, swing and line dancing, gardening, and Tai Chi. Funeral arrangements were under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston. Interment was at Montrepose Cemetery. In remembrance, Arlene’s wish would be a gift in support of your favorite Ulster County charity and being sure to vote in November.

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Published in the Daily Freeman from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2020.
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8 entries
May 10, 2020
i knew Arlene from ushering at the Bardavon and UPAC. I was so sad about her passing. I didnt know her well or for long but she struck me as a fighter. I will miss her.
Susan Minard
April 30, 2020
Comfort and condolences to Arlene's family. I have fond memories of her quiet and gentle personality - there was always a smile on her face. I met her as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nigeria - and when i would see her again at any reunion she was always the same cheerful and friendly person. May she rest in peace.

Sandra Frazier
Sandra Frazier
April 29, 2020
with deep sympathy for the family of Arlene! RIP fellow dancer!!!
April 29, 2020
Arlene brought a generous spirit of adventure and joy to her Peace Corps group during the late 1960's and at subsequent reunions. We TISEP tutors offer love and gratitude for her full life of service to family, community and world!
Carolyn Shaw
April 29, 2020
Arlene was my roommate in Offa, Kwara, Nigeria 1966-68. After upgrading the level of teachers during the day, we played Scrabble each evening. Our best game was tying at 412 each! Although we lived apart after returning to the USA, we stayed friends throughout the years. The world has lost a really good person and friend!
Karen Keefer
April 27, 2020
She was truly amazing ..... she always seemed to be able to smile ...she worked so hard on the Tango Fest .... I was so honored to know her .... her smiling face will be missed at swing and salsa
Edward R Ellsworth ll
April 26, 2020
Arlene gave so much to our community, and we had such lovely times together dancing. What a loss.
April 26, 2020
Arlene was a lovely woman. Her passion for her career as Human Rights Director in Ulster County was admirable and unforgettable. Elizabeth "Dolly" Decker.
Elizabeth Decker
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