Arline Cote Pelkey BARRE — Arline Pelkey died peacefully on Dec. 28, 2020, at Woodridge Nursing Home, at the special age of 95½ years. She was born on June 22, 1925, in Canaan, Vermont. She lived her formative years in Beecher Falls and attended St. Albert’s school in Riverside, New Hampshire. Arline graduated from Canaan High School (1943) at the top of her class, played both basketball and softball, and was bilingual (French and English). After high school, she worked for the war effort at a defense plant in Medford, Massachusetts. As the war ended, she worked at the Ethan Allen Furniture plant in Beecher Falls for a period of time. She then decided to move to Barre, Vermont, to take a job waitressing at Mario’s restaurant. It was there that she met her husband, Roland W. (Pope) Pelkey, who thought she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. They married Feb. 9, 1952. Arline and Roland worked in the hospitality industry traveling to many states – Florida, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont – before returning to Barre to start their family. Together, they had five children: Patricia (1953) and Bruce (1954) Pelkey (both deceased after birth); Burt (Joanne) Pelkey, Kingston, New Hampshire; Anne (Chris) Coulter, West Lebanon, New Hampshire; and Nancy (Jeffrey) Martell, Barre, Vermont. Arline was a busy homemaker for 10 years before she went to work at Sprague Electric where she was an inspector of capacitors until her retirement. Arline had a passion for family. Her relatives and family were extremely important to her and she always wanted to spend time with them. She loved having her friends over for coffee to talk about politics, movies or religion. She loved to read magazines and newspaper articles. She was an avid Red Sox, Patriots and Boston Bruins fan. She knew all of the players' names and loved to cheer them on. She and Roland were often seen on the dance floor at the American Legion. Many weekends were spent taking family picnics to various lakes in Vermont. She was an excellent cook, always a Sunday dinner with baked beans and hot dogs or roast beef with gravy. She was famous for her homemade apple pies. Arline was predeceased by her parents, Eva (Favreau) Cote and Isidore Cote; her brothers, David Cote, Gerard Cote; and sister, Cecile (Cote) Fuller. She leaves behind her precious grandchildren, Jameson (Kelly) Pelkey, Groveland, Massachusetts, Sara Pelkey, Quincy, Massachusetts, Nicole Martell, Barre, Vermont, Nathan Coulter, West Lebanon, New Hampshire; and step-grandchildren, Jeannie (Mike) Graves, Barre, Vermont, Michael Martell, Meriden, Connecticut; great-grandchild, Vivian Pelkey, and step-great-grandchildren, Jaysen and Austin Graves and Carley Martell. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial to honor and celebrate her life will be held in the spring at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, date to be announced. Burial will follow the Mass, in St. Sylvester’s Cemetery, Websterville, Vermont. The family of Arline would like to extend a sincere thank you to the entire staff at Woodridge who loved and cared for our mother and beloved Mimi, especially during these difficult months of isolation due to the pandemic. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Woodridge Nursing Home, Life Enrichment, P.O. Box 547, Barre, VT 05641. Arrangements are in the care of Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at:

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Nancy, Jeff and Family,

Our condolences and prayers on the loss of your mom. Her story tells us how great she lived her life. May she rest in peace.


Nancy and family,

I wanted to extend my sincere sympathy in the passing of your Mom. I knew her and your Dad when they lived in Websterville. Your Dad was right, she was a beautiful lady. There is no other like a Mother. May your Mom and Grandmother R.I.P.

Shirley Rivard

Jay Coulter

My sympathy goes out to Arline's Family. She was such a nice person. I have many great memories of her, I'm sure you have even more. She is in a better place now.


To the family of Arlene. I remember the first time she was at Woodridge and on EverGreen Unit. I had the pleasure of taking care of your mother, grandmother & Mimi and we grew quite close. I used to visit her at her apartment in Barre and we always had a good time. She was such a lovely person and always had a kind word for others. I want you all to know that I've thought of her quite recently, before her death, and thought of visiting but, due to COVID I knew that I couldn't do that; then I see her obituary. Rest Easy dear sweet lady Arlene for someday again we meet again.

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