Arlyne Miriam Joan Dick, a longtime resident of Falmouth, Massachusetts, passed away on November 23, 2017 at Orchard Valley at Wilbraham in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.
Born in Lawrence, MA, 15 minutes after her twin sister Paulyne, on November 27, 1920, which was the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Arlyne was the third child in a loving family of 6 children. The family moved to Worcester, MA, in 1928 where Arlyne played trumpet in the Girl Scout’s drum and bugle corps, and was an accomplished tap dancer and baton twirler. In 1938, Arlyne graduated from Classical High in Worcester and began her college career at Worcester State College, where she earned her degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics in 1942. She returned to school at Yale University’s School of Nursing where she graduated in 1950 with a Master’s in Nursing. In 1954, Arlyne was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. During her Air Force service she was stationed in Texas, California, Japan, Taiwan, Japan, England, Alabama, New York, Libya, Massachusetts, Germany, and Washington DC. Arlyne retired in 1974 as a Lt. Colonel and Charge Nurse in the VIP Section at Malcolm Grow Hospital at Andrews AFB.
Arlyne, her twin sister Paulyne, and their parents moved to Falmouth after Arlyne retired, and they became year-long residents of this beautiful town. She was an active member of St. Patrick’s Church and their Church Guild and the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima. Arlyne also loved to travel. Along with the many places she was stationed during her career, she took exciting trips with Paulyne, to Europe, Africa, Asia, the Amazon, and made four trips around the world.
Arlyne was a loving and caring person. Not only in her professional career as a nurse, but also with her family. She helped to care for her aging parents in their 80’s and 90’s, as well as nursing Paulyne in her final years. She will be sorely missed by her many friends and family.
Arlyne leaves behind her sister Marita Stratton of Lee Massachusetts, her brother Walter Dick and his wife Judy of Bradenton Florida, her sister-in-law Marilyn Dick of Austin Texas, her bother-in-law Frederick Filios of Amherst Massachusetts, 18 nieces and nephews, numerous grand nieces and nephews, and even some great-grand nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Walter and Kathryn Dick, her sisters Paulyne Dick and Norma Filios, and her brother Raymond G. Dick.
Visiting hours will be Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth, MA.
A Eulogy will begin at 10:45am on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main St., Falmouth followed by A Funeral Mass at 11:00am, in St. Patrick’s Church, followed by a burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Gilford Street, Falmouth.
Memorial donations may be made in Arlyne’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).