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Arlene Canary MacVean

December 18, 2012
The Leader Herald

Arlene Canary MacVean, age 83, of Johnstown, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Nathan Littauer Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. MacVean was born on September 1, 1929, to the late Clayton Canary and Stella Miller Canary on the Route 29 family farm in the town of Mayfield.

Arlene attended the former Franks Corners School House on Progress Road and graduated from the former Broadalbin Central School, class of 1947. As a teenager, she worked on the staff at Sacandaga Bible Conference. After high school, she worked at Superb Glove inJohnstown. On September 10, 1949, she was united in marriage to Arthur "Scotch" MacVean at Broadalbin Baptist Church. After their marriage, they moved to Johnstown and became active in the Johnstown Baptist Church, later Perth Bible Church and then Adirondack Baptist Church.

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Mrs. MacVean

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Arthur "Scotch" MacVean; three sons, Dean (Sue) MacVean of Gloversville, Allan (Debbie) MacVean of Johnstown and Garry MacVean, both of Johnstown; one daughter, Lisa (Kelly) Negus of Elma, N.Y.; three brothers, Donald Canary, Warren Canary and Kenneth Canary; two sisters, Shirley Rose and Marilyn Ottendorf; nine grandchildren including two sets of twins; and several great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her 6 year old daughter, Debra MacVean, who was born on December 15, 1957, and passed away on December 26, 1963; one sister, Eileen Minkler, her twin; and one brother, infant Merill Canary.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2012, from Adirondack Baptist Church, 1431 State Highway 29, Gloversville. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, December 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown.

Interment will be in Union Mills Cemetery, Broadalbin.

Memorial contributions may be made in Arlene's memory to Adirondack Baptist Church.

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