Arlene F. (Nutter) McGennis

1925 - 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.

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Carmen Cormier

March 15, 2021 7:24 PM

Penny and family, I was saddened to ready of your Mom's passing.  My thoughts are with you.  

Paula c Evans

March 15, 2021 9:53 AM

I will miss my  dear friend.  I was so fortunate to have known Arlene and been able to call her my friend.  A very special lady

Geri A Adams

March 15, 2021 9:34 AM

Linda & family,   Sending my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Mother.        Geri Adams

Teya Spring

March 13, 2021 1:00 AM

Great Grandma Arlene will forever be apart of mine and my sons heart. I looked forward to her "old fashioned" ways of sending cards for special occasions. I will miss getting those every year on my birthday telling me about her weather and exciting things going on. I will cherish our quilts she made us and think about her every single time I sew. I will continue her art through my own with the pictures she had given me. I am numb to write these words. I know we all get older and eventually move on to a better life but, during a pandemic when we are taking hit after hit is not when I expected to lose her. She was such a special woman and had such a special love to her. I wasn't fortunate enough to see her as much as I would have liked but, I am grateful she taught my Great Aunt Glitzy Glo to be as amazing as her and carry on her tender loving ways. I will miss you more than you know Great Grandma. Save me a seat with you so we can craft away together. You Great Great Grandson Jaemasen and I love you so much.

Deborah Peck

March 12, 2021 7:51 PM

To Jean, Linda, Gloria and Penny......I will always remember with great fondness your Mother, Arlene. I always called her Mrs M. I found her to be so enjoyable to be with ...her sense of humor and quick wit were amazing! She was amazing!  I loved listening to her viewpoints and reminesences. I know you will miss her so much and please know how much she loved each and everyone of you and was so proud to be your Mother.  

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