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Arlene M. Girvin

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 8, 2019 @ 1:18 pm In Obituaries | 10 Comments

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Arlene M. Girvin, 78, of Lancaster, PA, died on October 3, 2019, in the Neurological Critical Care Unit of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She was married to Gerald C. Girvin for 27 years. She shared many later years with her companion, Roger Handorf.

Arlene was born in West Palm Beach, Florida to Beverly and Raymond Martin.

She was a proud graduate of Florida State University, earning her Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education in 1962. Arlene taught the fundamentals of competitive sports, physiology, and health care. She earned her Master of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX in 1966. Arlene was an Assistant to the Dean of Women at Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, MS from 1966-67.

Arlene began raising a family in Lancaster County in 1968. She was a full-time mother, actively involved in all aspects of her children’s lives and volunteering at Lancaster General Hospital in her free time. When her children were grown, she worked full-time at Tamagraphics and Marketing in Lancaster as an office manager.

Arlene was a lifelong athlete and sports aficionado. She was a gifted swimmer—excelling at both competitive racing and synchronized events—and an avid golfer and tennis player. Her abiding interest in athletics was rivaled only by her devotion to animals, especially horses.

Arlene is survived by her son, Curtis S. Girvin of Harrisburg; her daughter, Heather L. Girvin, of Lancaster, PA; her grandchildren, Wyatt, Agnes, and Adeline Potter; her sister, Anne Martin of Florida; and her silky terrier, Hooper.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at the DeBord Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St. Lancaster, PA 17602 on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:00pm. Friends may greet the family from 6:00-7:00pm.

Arlene was an equestrian who passed her love of horses to her daughter and granddaughters, who affectionately called her “GG.” With them, until the time of her death, Arlene volunteered with a local equine rescue. Contributions may be made in her memory to that rescue: Our Happy Place, LLC, 1142 Union School, Rd., Mt. Joy, PA, 17552.


Condolences for the family of “Arlene M. Girvin”

Condolence from Karen Wilkins on October 9th, 2019 8:25 am

Dear Heather and Curt – I am soooo sorry to hear about your mom! We shared a lot of fun memories over many years on the tennis court and the golf course and I’ll always cherish those times. It had been some time since I’d seen her at the club but didn’t realize things had changed so much. Several times my mom and I called to meet her for lunch but the timing never worked out for her…sure wish it had!

This is a quote I saw after I lost my dad 2 years ago. I loved it and hope you will too. “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.” Thinking of you both during this difficult time!

Condolence from Priscilla Fias on October 9th, 2019 11:58 am

As a neighbor of Arlene’s, I always appreciated her friendliness and pleasant conversation. She will be missed in Regent’s Park. My sympathies to her family.

Condolence from Sophie townsend on October 9th, 2019 7:55 pm

I miss my good friend and send heartfelt condolences, as does my grandson ,Walker, , whom your mother sheltered when I locked him out. She was one in a million.RIP Arlene.

Condolence from Jim Dougherty on October 9th, 2019 8:33 pm

Curt & Heather, My deepest sympathy goes out to you on the loss of your mother. I believe I only met her one time but what a delightful lady she was. I would come to the service but Deni’s son, Max, is playing one of his final Hempfield football games and it’s Senior Night. I need to be there and trust you’ll understand my priority. I would love to see you two again…it has been so long. Again, my most sincere condolences on your loss. JIM DOUGHERTY

Condolence from Wendy Rhinier on October 10th, 2019 3:50 pm

I am so very sorry for the family’s loss. Arlene was a wonderful lady I always enjoyed waiting on her at Park City Diner. She will be missed

Condolence from Sharon and Bud Davies on October 11th, 2019 1:10 pm

To Arlene’s family,

I didn’t know Arlene well but talked to her frequently as she was a member of the dog walking community of Regents Park. I know she loved her pup. Also, I always appreciated how much care she took with decorating her front yard for each season and caring for her fairy garden in the back in summer. She will be missed by her neighbors.

May God grant you peace and comfort at this time of loss.

Corgi parents

Condolence from Leslie Binkley on October 11th, 2019 9:26 pm

Dear Heather, Curtis,

I was so sorry to hear about your mom. I have many memories of her Praying for comfort for all of you

Leslie

Condolence from Tim and Marcia Hamilton on October 12th, 2019 7:37 am

Heather and Curtis,

Marcia and I were saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. Coleen called and found it difficult to share the news with us. So from our family to yours we send our deepest sympathies. Your Mom was a trooper and we have been honored for close 25 years to have loved the home that was loved so well by her. We pray that the memories in your hearts will be more than sufficient to fill the void her passings has left behind.

Tim and Marcia

Condolence from Connie Berry Skinner on October 12th, 2019 11:18 am

Arlene and I first met in 7th grade at Conniston Jr. High in West Palm and we were good friends ever since then. My family had no car, so Arlene’s dad took me to many football games and other activities over the years. She was a wonderful, caring, funny girl who grew up to be a wonderful, caring, funny woman. Please know that all her classmates from Conniston and on to Palm Beach High School loved her so much.

Condolence from Janet Gribble on October 18th, 2019 10:08 am

To Arlene’s Family,
So the day was a little different when I heard of the passing of Arlene. I was saddened by the news but also happy to have had the privilege of sharing life’s path with her for a time. We had worked together at Tama Graphics. I smile when I think of Arlene. She was generous in extending her encouragement and was easy to work with on many levels. From a professional aspect, she could get the job done and make things happen and support everyone in the office She could stand firm when needed and easy out the wrinkles when called for. On a personal level, Arlene was a kind-hearted person who tried to see the good in things even when reality showed up in a challenging manner. Arlene greeted people entering the office with a welcoming smile. I can still hear her greeting. I felt important when talking with her. I last saw her about four or five years ago when she came to see my daughter play a tennis match. Because of Arlene’s enjoyment of tennis, she was supportive of my daughter’s chosen sport. We are all better for having known Arlene. People make a difference in this world and Arlene made a difference just by being Arlene. Best wishes to you as you go through this time of transition.
Go Forward.
Until then,
-Janet-

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