Peacefully, on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at the Caressant Care Nursing Home in Lindsay, at age 87. Daughter of the late Neil and Marion Rainey. Arlene (nee Rainey) beloved wife of the late Leonard Coates of Sunderland. Loving mother of Ken and his wife Jenny. Arlene will be lovingly remembered by her granddaughter Courtney and her husband Josh, her bonus granddaughters Mary and Hannah, and her great-grandchildren Jimmy, Artie, Sammy, Nora and Elaina, all of whom she loved dearly. Dear sister of Charles Rainey, and the late Carl Rainey and Milton Rainey.
Arlene was a teacher for 30 plus years. She started at the 1 room schoolhouse in Wick followed by Sunderland, Greenbank and Epsom. She had a passion for music leading many choirs to the Sunderland Music Festival and bringing home many awards. She was involved with the United church in many ways including the UCW, the Board and singing in the church choir for many years.
The family of Arlene Coates will receive friends at the THORNE FUNERAL HOME, 98 River Street in Sunderland (705-432-2672) on Thursday, November 9, 2023 from 1 - 2 p.m. A service to celebrate her life will be held in the chapel at 2 p.m. Interment Sunderland Cemetery.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew’s United Church in Sunderland. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www.thornefuneralhome.ca