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M. Arlene Palmer (Budd)


M. Arlene Palmer (Budd)

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 21, 2019, M. Arlene Palmer (Budd), 84, of Amherst, passed away peacefully, in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

Born in Indian Mountain, NB, she was the daughter of John and Nita (Rogers) Budd.

Arlene raised a family of four while working in administration. She eventually returned to school to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and she worked in Health Services until she retired. Bob’s career took her all over Canada and abroad. She used to say that living in Sri Lanka was like being a pioneer. A few of her adventures there included experiencing a monsoon that devastated part of their home, and chasing snakes and elephants out of the backyard!  Arlene had a true appreciation for nature, animals, and the outdoors. She and Bob portaged through the bush in Northern Quebec, fly fished the Miramichi, and enjoyed many years at their camp in Tommy Lake, Annapolis Valley. She loved telling her story about the whales in Hawaii, and when it came to politics or almost any sport, you’d better know your stuff, as she was always up-to-date and not afraid to speak her mind!

In recent years, Arlene lived in Amherst NS, with her furry companion Cassie and was very close with her best friend Denise.

Arlene is pre-deceased by her mother and father, her husband Robert (Bob), and her siblings Mildred Biggs, Joan Mayer, Raymond, Leonard, and John.

Arlene is remembered and celebrated by her children, Jeffrey, Aaron (Heather), Lisa and Robert (Bridget); her grandchildren; and her siblings Audrey Melanson, Ronald Budd (Lennie) and Albert Budd (Marylou).

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jones Family Funeral Centre, 70 Church Street, Amherst, NS. Respecting Arlene’s wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. A private graveside service will be held at the Birch Hill Cemetery in Berry Mills, NB.

The family extends their sincere thanks to all the staff at the Cumberland Hospital and VON, for their amazing  care and kindness.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the SPCA or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arlene's online memorial at or through the Jones Family Funeral Centre Facebook Page.

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Service Location
Private Graveside Service At A Later Date

Requested Charity
SPCA; Heart & Stroke Foundation