August 14, 1914-September 11, 2011
MONTGOMERY CENTER / GLOVER – Alvira B. Arel, age 97, passed away Sunday afternoon September 11, 2011 at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover.
She was born August 14, 1914 in Montgomery Center the daughter of the late Clyde and Louise (Lumbra) Tevyaw.
Alvira was a graduate of Enosburg Falls High School. As a young woman she worked at the Sheldon Poor Farm where she met her future husband Maxwell Arel. Alvira and Maxwell were married July 4, 1940. They owned and operated a farm in Montgomery Center on Route 242 and during that time she also worked at Chaffee’s IGA. She then worked as a psychiatric nurse for the State of Vermont at the State Hospital in Waterbury and a boarding home in Burlington for 16 years retiring in 1977.
When living in Montgomery she was an active member of the Montgomery Community Baptist Church and she was a former member of the Montgomery Grange. Alvira enjoyed crocheting, embroidering and cooking. Following Max’s death she spent countless hours with her cousin Evelyn Hart, shopping and going out to eat. She especially loved to spend time with her family.
She is survived by her children: Larry Arel and his wife Susie of Lowell, Charles “Chuck” Arel and his wife Jackie of Vergennes, and Carlotta Corcoran and her companion Allen Stevens of Irasburg; her grandchildren: (Larry’s children) Patrick Arel and his wife Gina of Lowell, Laura Staib and her husband Lonnie of Alaska, Shannon Driver and her husband Jason of Jay; (Chuck’s children) Jeremy Arel and Josh Arel and his wife Abby all of Vergennes; and (Carlotta’s children) Jamie Corcoran of Pennsylvania, and Tiffany Little of Irasburg; 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Alvira was predeceased by her husband Maxwell Arel on December 1, 1979 and her sister Doris Tevyaw.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 16, 2011 at 12 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Jason McConnell officiating. Interment will follow in the Sheldon Village Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.
For those who wish, contributions in Alvira’s memory may be made to the Union House Nursing Home, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, VT 05839.
Private messages of condolences may be sent to Alvira’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com .