Arlene B. Fay

Lebanon, N.H. — Arlene B. Fay, 87, passed away in the comfort of her home on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Hanover, N.H. on June 10, 1926 to the late Howard E. & Bessie M. (Kendall) Gilson Sr. Arlene grew up on South Main Street in West Lebanon, an area of West Lebanon known as Butmanville to the old timers, and attended schools there.

In 1946 she married Percy L. Fay. She worked for the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, Vt. and Dartmouth College for a number of years. Dartmouth College is where she met her best friend, Lucile Drew and they together went on some great adventures. Her favorite was going to Hawaii. She also had a second best friend Flo Roberts, but they were more like sisters.

Arlene enjoyed the 20 plus years that she camped at Mascoma Lake with her husband and they also wintered in Gulfport, Fla. for several years. She was a member of the West Lebanon Congregational Church and the VFW Auxiliary of White River Junction, Vt.

She is survived by her son Lawrence & Nancy Fay of Bradford, Vt. ;her daughter Susan Mays & Jack of Lebanon ;four grandchildren, Sandra Wurtz & John, Laurie Fay, John D. Mays and Heidi S. Mays ;several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins . She was predeceased by her husband Percy L. Fay; a brother Howard E. Gilson Jr. and a sister Rae Hazelton.

There will be no calling hours; a memorial service will be announced in the spring. Memorial donations can be made to: Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, N.H. 03756-0001 or National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016, an online guest book is available by visiting