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Arlene McGennis

September 22, 1925 — March 11, 2021

Arlene Frances McGennis was a loving, independent woman who in life and death did things her way!  Arlene gathered her will power and passed away on March 11th which was the anniversary of Robert's passing, their wedding anniversary and Robert's birthday.  Arlene Frances McGennis was born September 22, 1925 to William Nutter and Bessie Bennett Nutter at Echo Hill Farm in Barnet Vermont.

Arlene attended Joe's Brook School and McIndoes Academy.  She married Robert McGennis of Lyndonville in 1942.  In 1943 they bought the farm in Barnet.

Arlene loved flowers, sewing and fancy work.  She had a 4-H Club (Happy Go Lucky) and taught cooking and sewing.  She made many quilts for her family; every new baby got a quilt.  In later years she loved her art classes.  She travelled to Germany, Arizona, Georgia, Florida and went every year to Old Orchard Beach for "Sisters' Weekend" with her daughters.

Arlene moved to Fifth Ave. in St Johnsbury after Bob's death, lived there for 10 years and then moved to the Colonial Apartments where she lived there for 10 years.  At the end of October 2020, she moved to Canterbury Inn.

Arlene is survived by daughters Jean Vaughan, Arizona;  Linda and Duane Daley, Maine; Gloria Hall, Arizona and Penny Densmore and Mark Quintin, Vermont; and son-in-law Roger Joslin, Vermont.  She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by many special friends.

Arlene was predeceased by her parents; husband Robert McGennis; Baby Leslie (died at birth); daughter Milly; Granddaughter Chris Joslin; grandson Brett Joslin; sons-in-law Tom Shappy and Rick Hall; also her brother Melvin Nutter; and sister Catherine Basnar.

A graveside service will be taking place on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 1PM at the Passumpsic Cemetery.

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Graveside Service

Friday, May 28, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm

Passumpsic Cemetery


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