Arlene L. (King) Barrett

December 21st, 2017

Arlene L. (King) Barrett, age 74, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on December 20, 2017.

Arlene was born on April 24, 1943 in Malden, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Michael and Jean (Brown) King. Arlene was raised in Malden and graduated Malden High School with the Class of 1961. Following graduation, Arlene attended the Nursing School at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, where she graduated as President of her class in 1965.

After graduating from the Nursing School, Arlene started her career at Whidden Hospital. With her hard work and dedication, she quickly became the Staff Head Nurse at the hospital nursery. Arlene held this position for a few years before taking brief hiatus to care for her own children. After they went to school, Arlene returned to nursing, where she worked as a pediatric nurse at two different private practices for many years.

Arlene married Paul R. Barrett on August 28, 1966. The couple lived in Melrose for a few years before building a house in Wilmington in 1973. Arlene and Paul shared many wonderful memories together, especially raising their three daughters; Jean, Kellie and Paula.

Family was most important to Arlene; she enjoyed celebrating special times with her family. Some of her favorite memories were family trips, especially to Disney and other vacations in Florida. Although Arlene was a devoted mother, she was so excited to become “Grammy” to her five grandchildren. She had a very special bond with each of them.

Arlene loved being active and led quite a social life. She enjoyed family cookouts, hosting family parties, especially her special Christmas parties. Arlene loved to “catch up” with her girlfriends during coffee visits and shopping trips.

In her spare time, Arlene could be found out in the garden or watching the Red Sox. She was an avid Red Sox fan and loved to spend time with her family watching the games.

Arlene was the beloved wife of Paul R. Barrett, devoted mother of Jean Barrett & her husband Eric Baldi of Wilmington, Kellie McHugh of Tewksbury and Paula Barrett of Melrose, loving “Grammy” of Danielle Baldi, Thomas Baldi, Colleen Baldi, Kyle McHugh and Brady McHugh, dear sister of Shirley Sullivan & her husband Phil of Durham, NH and Ronald King & his wife Janine of Wilmington. Arlene is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, December 27th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 26th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Arlene’s name may be made to the Salvation Army, 625 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.


12 Entries in Guest Book for “Arlene L. (King) Barrett”

  1. Jimmy McHugh says:

    Dear Barrett Family,
    So sorry to hear about Arlene’s Passing. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

  2. Nancy Salisbury says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I always remembered her warm loving personality. Such a great lady, she always made me feel welcome. Take care, I hope to give you a hug real soon.

  3. Jack & Andrea Barrett says:

    Uncle Paul; Jean; Kellie & Paula:

    Andrea & I are very sorry for your loss. Aunt Arlene was a was a wonderful person with a warm & welcoming personality. Her smile always brightened everyone around her. She will be missed. Your family is in our prayers and thoughts.

  4. Camille Donnelly says:

    I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your daughters.
    My retirement gift Arleen sent me still hangs in my den.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Warmest regards
    Camille, Jim and Family

  5. Breda maclean says:

    Ken and I send our heartfelt condolences on the recent death of our dear friend Arlene .I worked with Arlene for several years at Whidden Hospital. She was a great nurse and went above and beyond to help others. Arlene will be sadly missed by all who knew her God Bless the entire family for their great loss .Rest in Peace dear friend we always loved you.

  6. Stacey Callahan Conway says:

    Jean, Kellie, and Paula,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute to your mother. She touched so many lives and will be missed. May your wonderful memories of her help you through this difficult time.

  7. Linda Callanan says:

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear Arlene, a cherished friend and
    Colleage. She was always happy and fun to be with. Rest in Peace dear friend

  8. Errol Hinds says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Arlene, she was truly loved, condolences to Paul, Jean, Kellie and Paula. Many summer memories at her home with Paul, Ron, and families.

  9. Mary Sims says:

    Jean, Michele just told me about your mom’s passing. I am so sorry and you and your family are in my prayers. Love, Mom and Dad Sims

  10. M. D. Eason says:

    Uncle Benny, Jean, Kelly and Paula,
    My deeply felt condolences to you all. I was so sad to hear of Aunt Arlene’s passing. She was a wonderful person, and she will be missed.
    My Dad, the kids and I send our love to you all,

  11. Patricia C Kenney says:

    Dear Paula and the entire Barrett Family
    Sincere condolences regarding the passing of your Mother. Thinking of you during this difficult time. The Kenney Family

  12. Jim & Betty Jo says:

    We are truly sorry for your loss, Arlene was a sweet and gentle lady. Always up for a laugh.May God be with you all during this time and grant you peace.

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