Arlene Graham (Mitchell) RN

May 6, 1940 to October 18, 2022



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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Arlene Graham (nee Mitchell) RN, age 82 years at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, Tuesday, October 18th, 2022.

Predeceased by her parents, Tracy and Catherine and husband John Melville Graham (Mel).

Leaving to mourn is her brother Bill Mitchell (Vivian) and nephew Blaine, of New Mexico, USA

Her stepchildren Moire (Gordon) Neary and Ian (Geri) Graham. Five grandchildren Mark Neary (Melanie), Allison Neary (Gord), John Graham (Amy), Andrea Brophy (Scott) and Ryan Graham (Tori). Eight great grandchildren, Isla, Jack and Sarah Graham, Sicily, Scottie Jane, Cullen, Maryann Brophy and Lou Graham.

Arlene was born Brooklyn, New York and raised in Mystic, Connecticut. She eventually moved to Palm Harbour Florida, where she met Mel. Arlene moved to Newfoundland in 1991 and married the love of her life. She soon realized that Newfoundland would become her special home. Her early years on the island, she spent many summer days with her grandchildren and Poppie, fishing and picking blueberries. Her creativity was always on display with pints of fresh blueberries and her delicious desserts.

Arlene was an incredible cook and took every opportunity to share her gift with family and dear friends. She introduced her Newfoundland family to many traditions, but most memorable is the family dinners for traditional American Thanksgiving. The food was always flawless, and the turkey dressing was always a topic of conversation (the sage versus the savory). Christmas was an annual highlight in the family calendar, as Arlene was a staple in the eyes of her grandchildren. She had a special way connecting with her Newfoundland family and had a patient and loving influence on all her grandchildren.

She spent her life surrounded with family that loved her deeply. We are all so grateful for all our wonderful memories of our dear Arlene, or as our great-grandchildren would call her, “GG”.

Arlene also made many friends through her involvement at St. Andrews Church and the Mount Pearl Library Board. She was blessed to have some great friends on Halloran Place, especially Mr. Cal Dibbon.

Special thank you to her home-care worker Marie Lewis for her care of Arlene in recent times.

Also, a very special thank you from our family to Dr. Sheila McGrath. Dr. McGrath, your many years of care for both Poppie and Arlene will never be forgotten.

Cremation has taken place at Carnell’s Funeral Home. The family will be receiving visitors from 12-1 p.m. prior to service. A celebration of life will occur on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. from the Carnell Memorial Chapel. Interment to follow in the Field of Honor at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.



1:00pm, Saturday November 5th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Interment to follow in Mt. Pleasant Field of Honour.


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Moire,Ian and families,
May Special Memories of Arlene bring you comfort and peace at this sad and difficult time..She was a beautiful lady and I have many fond memories of her throughout the years..

Eleanor Anstey

To the Graham family
Sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. She was a beautiful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. A sweet and gentle lady. You will all miss her.

To the Graham Family,
Our sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one.
We have fond memories having tea in our shared garden.
Sara, Ryan and the kids

To Moire, Ian and families…. Arlene was a special soul.. May your memories bring you peace and comfort as you navigate your way forward. Our deepest condolences to you all.
Elizabeth and Keith Glynn

To Moire, Ian, and their families.
So sorry to learn or Arlene’s passing. We will always remember her as soft spoken, gentle, and kind person who fitted in so well with her Newfoundland family. and friends. .
We came to know her quite well through our visits to St. John’s and their visits to Corner Brook and, as mentioned in an earlier post, got to experience the US Thanksgiving dinners so ably presented by Arlene.
A really fine person has left this world.

Our deepest condolences

Audrey and Bob Fitzgerald

To the Graham Family,
So sorry to learn of Arlene’s passing We offer our deepest sympathy. She will be sorely missed but well remembered by all who have the privilege of knowing her
Dorothy and Bob MacLeod

Ian & Geri
Our sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one.
Cherish your memories and take care.
Loyola & Maureen Hearn

Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time. So sorry for your loss.

Was so saddened to learn of Arlene’s passing. She was a very special lady and had such a warm and nurturing way about her that made you feel welcome and right at home in her presence. I will continue to think fondly of her and her marshmallow sweet potatoes every Thanksgiving. My sincerest condolences to the Neary and Graham families.

to all the extended Graham family at this sad time.
Especially to Moira, Gord, Mark and Allyson..
Arlene was a very vibrant, kind. generous person and loved by all.
Patrick Annette and Michael
The Boyles
Mount Pearl

To the Graham and Mitchell families,
So sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing..
I liked her from the first time I met her and she will be missed.
My thoughts are with all of you.

My condolences to the Graham family on the
Passing of your loved one
May she Rest In Peace

To all the Graham family.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this time of deep sorrow. Arlene was such a lovely lady whom we will deeply miss seeing during future visits to St. .John’s.

Good bless you all!
Floss & Ivan Taylor

Sending so much love to the entire Graham family. Arlene is part of so many of my childhood memories and she always had the warmest presence. She gave so much love to Poppy Graham and finally, they’ve reunited. Thinking of you all. Xoxo

Moire, Gordon and Family AND Ian, Geri and Family:
Our deepest sympathies are with you for the loss of Arlene. She will be forever in our hearts and memories. Arlene was a very unique person and a true friend who was very thoughtful, kind and generous. Her Thanksgiving dinners were awesome, and we were so proud to have been included with her family. We will certainly miss our weekly outings to dinner and our enjoyable card games. Death is the most certain of all that can happen to anyone. Yet we can’t help feeling sad when someone close to us is taken. Thinking about all you guys during this difficult time. Love John and Ruby

sorry for your los