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D. Arlene Croome, 102, passed away peacefully at her home in Santa Maria, CA on February 6, 2018. Arlene was born in Middleboro, MA on July 14, 1915 to William and Blanche Egger. She was educated in Middleboro schools and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. After the death of her husband, Howard Croome, she relocated to Santa Maria in 1974 to be closer to children and grandchildren. Arlene was active with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Friends of the Library and volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels among others. Her favorite activities were reading and working around her yard. She was a faithful participant in worship and activities at Christ United Methodist Church.

Arlene is survived by her three children, Bonnie Woods of Rancho Mirage, CA, John McCulloch of Santa Maria and Beth Reeves (Dan) of Santa Maria, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

The family would like to express their thanks for the superior care and compassion to her long-time caregivers Elaine and Pat as well as those from Home Instead Senior Care and Dignity Hospice.

A private memorial will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church (219 Mary Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93458) or the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation (

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