Arlene Curtin Spencer

Born: Thu., May 2, 1929
Died: Wed., Feb. 10, 2021

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ELDRED — Arlene Curtin Spencer of Eden Heights, formerly of Fullerton Road, Derrick City, passed away at the age of 91 on Feb. 10, 2021, at Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Williamsville, N.Y., following an extended illness.
Arlene was born on May 2, 1929, the daughter of Hervey and Esther Washburn. She was a 1946 graduate of Otto Township High School, Duke Center. On Oct. 29, 1946, she married Donald Dale Curtin who preceded her in death on April 21, 1992 after almost 46 years of marriage. She subsequently married Charles Spencer on May 12, 1994, who predeceased her on Jan. 7, 2009.
Over the years, Arlene was very busy with her large growing family as well as employment at various places including Dresser Clark, Olean, N.Y., American Monument, Olean, N.Y., for William O’Reilly, Olean City Attorney and lastly at Witco Chemical, Bradford until her retirement in 1992.
She was active in the Duke Center E.U.B. church and then at Duke Center United Methodist Church, Bradford Christian Women’s Club and Duke Center Red Hats. She was an excellent seamstress and an avid crafter either sewing clothing for the family or making home decorations for those she loved. Arlene was a Western Style Square Dancer and along with her husband Don, a square dance caller, started and participated at several clubs such as Belles & Beaus, Eldred, Chautauqua Squares, Jamestown, N.Y., and Belles of St. Marys.
Arlene loved reading, hymns, classic country tunes, Johnny Mathis and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Don and Arlene made several trips across the United States along with their children and Arlene continued her travelling adventures with some of her daughters as the opportunities presented themselves. She was a great collector of tea cups, chickens and roosters, Santas and snowmen as well as old glassware and shopped garage sales and flea markets to pick up items of old furniture to refinish. Arlene had a green thumb when it came to flowers. Every year there was her beautiful flower bed along the driveway admired by all who visited or passed by.
Gatherings with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were one of the big delights of her life. Surviving are eight children: Susan (Arnold) Brunner, Patricia (Jack) Hipple, Becky (Mike) Decker, Randy (Linda) Curtin, Lisa (Al) Brazzle, Robert Curtin, Kathy Curtin and Richard (Kristine) Curtin. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Christopher Brunner, Erin Hipple, Carrie (Isaiah) Urbino, Michael (Stephanie) Curtin, David (Keri) Curtin, Paul (Kaiti) Curtin, Kimberly Curtin, Bethany (Derek) Kapp, Alex (Courtney) Curtin and Brianna (Joshua) Rymer and 13 great-grandchildren – Katelyn, Leah, Maddie, Billie, Lucas, Alexa, Colleen, Holly, Nicholas, Jayden, Lilliana, Abigail, Liam and Hermione. 
She was preceded in death by a grandson Andrew Curtin, her parents, five sisters and two brothers.
Because of Covid-19, there will be no funeral gathering at this time. There will be a celebration in honor of her life at a later date. 
Donations can be made in her memory to Duke Center Methodist Church Mobile Food Bank (26 Oil Valley Road, Duke Center PA 16729) or the Alzheimer’s Association (6215f Sheridan Dr #100, Buffalo, NY 14221)

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Kathy Curtin
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
I am so happy that Arlene Curtin-Spencer was my mother (for some reason, in the last few years, I have come to think of her as Arlene Washburn). She lived an extraordinary life in an interesting time. She was strong and smart and she showed her love in innumerable ways, for she was much more a woman of action than words. She taught me more than I can say and I will love her always. I will miss talking with her and laughing with her. I am sorry that Covid kept me from seeing mom the last year and will prevent a typical funeral. I look forward to the time when we can gather to remember her and all that she meant to us. I hope it is soon.

Nancy Reynolds
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
My condolences to your family. Arlene was a very special lady. I am so sorry we lost touch. Arlene and I became good friends while working at Witco. I always admired her dedication to Don while he was ill. She would get up early every morning, get Don reacdy for the day, go to work, go home to fix his lunch, back to work, after which she would go back home to prepare supper, get Don ready for bed. And do it all the next day. Amazing woman. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Nick & Barb Dixon
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Please accept our condolences.
Nick & Var Dixon

Adelbert Wilber Jr.
   Posted Sat February 20, 2021
My heart goes out to the extended family. I knew Arlene via Richard who was my very best friend. I wish I could still say that today. She was like a second mother to me. I always tried to remember her birthday and she, mine. We would always trade salutations. I tried to reach out to Richard, Rob, Kathy And Ranďy to no avail. I express my deepest sympathies and my wishes for a beautiful relationship with God going forward