Arlene Thompson Gaffney
After Graduation in 1961 from Stevens, I remained working at the A&P store for another 3 years before moving to Nashua where I lived and worked for a short time. It was then back and working at Stevens Drug Store.
In 1968, I married Lawrence Gaffney, a graduate of St.Mary's High School in Claremont. We moved to Concord, NH where he attended the NH Technical College and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1970 and went to work for the State of NH where he remained until he retired. Meanwhile, I went to work for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NH and remained there for 26 years. In 1994, the company was offering an early retirement packages which I took happily. I then worked part-time in the office at the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse for the next 8 years.
We purchased a cottage on Crescent Lake in Unity, NH in 1974. It took us quite a few years to fix it up as a second home but accomplished it. We enjoyed having our family and friends over to enjoy the Lake, boating etc. Two years ago, we received an offer that we felt we couldn't refuse so we sold it. As a result, that has given us more time to travel.
Both Larry and I retired from the workforce in 2003. We do alot of traveling throughout the States in our motorhome. We try to go on one or two long trips a year to see some of this country that has so much to offer. Currently, we reside in Franklin, NH.
We were blessed with one daughter, Tressa, who resideds in Andover, NH, about 10 miles from Mom & Dad. We have 2 cats and 1 dog who are spoiled and travel with us in the RV. Larry's hobbies are building and flying remote control airplanes and snowmobiling, and mine are crafts. I paint ceramics, weave baskets, and for the past few years, quilting. I make table runners, wallhangings, bed quilts, and anything else that catches my eye. I have also tried my hand at dyeing my own fabric, however, I have decided that it is way too much work so back to the quilt shop I go. I have only recently started to embroider with the machine that Santa Claus brought me last Xmas and put under the tree. The embroidered blocks will be incorporated into the quilts in the future. I love to go to quilt shows and admire the awesome quilts that are being displayed. Needless to say, our family and friends are enjoying their quilts they receive.
We will be at the 45th reunion and looking forward to seeing some of my classmates.