A lifetime resident of the area, Arlene Stata passed away suddenly at the Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. She was 82.
Arlene was born in Williamsburg on August 6, 1930 to her parents Ross and Bernice Prunner (nee Dillabough).
On July 28, 1951 she married Ernest Stata and together they had 6 children Stella, Karen, Debbie, Kevin, Wanda and Marnie.
Following Ernie’s death in 1971 Arlene was left to care for her four children and although it was difficult she was able to keep the family together with a great deal of hard work.
In addition to being a full-time mother Arlene worked for 31 years at Beavers Dental from 1964 before she retired in 1995.
Arlene was proud of herself for what she had achieved. She would never say NO to anyone that would need help whether it was family, friends or neighbours.
Arlene would never say goodbye because she did not believe in that word. She would say see you, love you or night night love you.
Ernie and Arlene loved to dance and now they are finally together again dancing in Heaven for ever. Love you Mom and Dad.
Arlene is survived by her children Stella (Weldon) Reid of Halifax, Karen (Lyle) Beckstead of Williamsburg, Deborah Gardener of Brockville, Kevin Stata of Morrisburg, Wanda Brittle of Alexandria and Marnie (Ernest) Duval of Morrisburg and her siblings Jim Prunner of R.R.# 2 Williamsburg, Marlene Casselman of Morrisburg and Verlene (Herb) Froats of Ingleside.
Arlene will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Ernie (Leisa) Beckstead, Trevor (Rebecca) Beckstead, William Gardener, Amy Brittle (Mike Davidson), Andy Brittle (Emily Major), Tiffany Duval (Jeremy Stewart) and great-grandchildren Marc, Cole, Rylan, Noah, Vanessa, Micheala, Rhiannon, Trinity and Karlina.
She was predeceased by her husband Ernest, her son-in-laws Bill Gardner and Glen Brittle, her sisters Kathleen Higham and Norlene Casselman and her brother Jay Prunner. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside funeral service was held at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville, on Friday, July 12th at 2 p.m. with Rev. Norine Gullons officiating. Pallbearers were Lyle Beckstead, Ernie Beckstead, Trevor Beckstead, Ernie Duval, Andy Brittle and William Gardner.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.