Arlene Roberta Lorna Khan (née Ibbotson) passed peacefully at Woodstock General Hospital on Nov. 22, 2019, in her 81st year.
Survived and greatly missed by her loving brother Herbert Ibbotson (Isabel), of Delhi; and nieces Heather Ibbotson, of Brantford, and Hilary Ibbotson-Machan (Stephen), of Brussels.
Lovingly remembered by long-time friends Cheryl Smith, of Toronto; Judy Mulder, of London; as well as Mia Lar Ta (Ka Mwee Htoo) and his extended family.
Predeceased by her parents Robert S. Ibbotson (1961) and Katherine M. Lindsay (1988).
Arlene was born Sept. 25, 1939, in Kincardine Township, Bruce County but grew up in Hanover. Her ambition to teach was fulfilled in a long and satisfying career as a Kindergarten and Grade 1 teacher at public schools in Kitchener, Pickering and Ajax. She also earned a BA in psychology from Queen’s University in 1975.
Arlene loved travel and visited many countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Venezuela, Guyana and Morocco. Her avid interest in history prompted her to join activities in years past with the Southwestern Ontario Civil War Round Table.
After retiring from teaching in 1998, Arlene moved to London and later to Woodstock. She was a long-time member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock and devoted to the church’s refugee program.
She had an unbounded love of cats and shared her life with many precious furbabies over her lifetime.
Many thanks to Dr. Vu and nurses in the palliative care unit at Woodstock General Hospital for their kind care.
Cremation has taken place.
A private memorial service for family and close friends will be held in Kincardine in the spring.
In recognition of her love of cats, memorial donations to the SPCA of your choice are requested.
Arrangements entrusted to Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich, Ave., Woodstock. Condolences may be shared online at www.wareingcremation.ca.