Arlene A. Herbs. July 21, 1944 – March 12, 2019
Daughter of Aime and Lilyan Guerin (Gothenburg NE, both previously deceased), Arlene passed peacefully in the pre-dawn hour of March 12, 2019 in the arms and comfort of her beloved husband of 54 years, Joseph Herbs, while her loving son, Dr. Kelly James Herbs, grandson, Zachary Herbs and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Herbs were nearby; allowing the couple their most precious and intimate moment of privacy. An ever devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Arlene will always and forever be remembered for her kindness, patience, gentle spirit and her thoughtful ways when making sure her loved one’s bellies were full and happy (even if they were already full and we certainly loved her for it).
Arlene truly loved and admired nature, watching wildlife of all types in their natural habitats, windmills being blown by a country breeze, traveling to explore new areas of the country, fresh and delicious seafood, the glorious California Redwood forest and laughs with loved ones while enjoying a refreshing margarita with salted rim. She also was an avid reader who thoroughly embraced the journeys and adventures that written word created in her mind.
Retired after many years from SUNY Albany telecommunications department, Arlene moved to Florida from the Saratoga Springs area of upstate NY in 1999 with her husband, Joe, that they may enjoy sun, fun and various activities in and around The Villages, Lady Lake FL. They later came to reside in the Water Oak community. Arlene was also survived by her brother, Rex Guerin (Sandy) of Missouri, brother-in-law Dick (Lucille) Herbs of Malta, NY and several nieces and nephews.
She was blessed to receive wonderful health management from Jocelyn Eslinger, ARNP, FNP-C of DelCare, Dr. Patrick Acevedo of Florida Cancer Specialists and ultimately, exceptional end of life care at Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages FL, after a courageous 10 years battle with leukemia. Her family is especially grateful for her Hospice caregiver, Kim, who tended to Arlene and family’s every need in those final hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Arlene to Cornerstone Hospice located at 601 Casa Bella – The Villages, FL 32162.While a formal memorial service will not be held, a special, private event for family and close friends will be held at a future time in New York state.