Arlene was born on January 2, 1959, in New Brunswick, NJ to Mary and the late James Hunter. Arlene passed away on July 9, 2023, after a lengthy illness. Though Arlene’s journey was marked by challenges, she faced them with steadfast grace and faith in God.
Arlene initially resided in New Brunswick, NJ until moving with her family, to the Heights in Piscataway, NJ at the age of eleven. Arlene attended Tabernacle Baptist Church in New Brunswick, NJ as a child with her mother Mary and her grandmother Lily Mae Williams, who passed away 10 years ago.
Arlene attended the Piscataway School District and successfully graduated from Piscataway High School with her class of 1978. With a strong desire to pursue a career as a dental hygienist, Arlene enrolled in school to acquire the necessary education and training. Despite not completing her formal education, Arlene made a significant decision to enter the workforce.
Arlene was a HARD worker. She demonstrated an excellent work ethic throughout her career, spanning over forty years. Arlene consistently showed a strong commitment to her professional responsibilities while being employed by several reputable companies: Warner Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical, Novartis Pharmaceutical, Akorn Pharmaceutical, and LifeCell Pharmaceutical. However, there is a firm belief that Arlene might have missed her true calling as a salesperson. On numerous occasions, whenever there was a raffle ticket, Girl Scout cookies, or any fundraising items to be sold, Arlene was always the go-to person due to her remarkable sales abilities. Her proficiency in this area was truly impressive.
Arlene did not mind standing up and challenging the status quo. Her strong personality was like a shining light that illuminated the lives of those around her. She lived boldly with words, unafraid to express her opinions and convictions.
Arlene loved football! She had a deep passion for the game. Without fail, every Sunday evening during football season, Arlene would wholeheartedly dedicate her attention to watching a game, prioritizing it over any other activity she was engaged in.
Arlene found great joy in a number of activities, especially playing cards, line dancing, and dancing. Some would say, the party did not start until Arlene arrived. However, what truly brought her endless happiness was spending quality time with her beloved grandson, Nayshawn.
Arlene frequently expressed her wish to have had more grandchildren, envisioning that as Nayshwn grew older, she would always have a little one to hang out with and care for. Although Arlene will not have the opportunity to experience it herself, she will become a great grandmother in August 2023.
Arlene leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Micheal Hunter of Morristown, NJ; her grandson, Nayshawn Hunter of Long Branch, NJ; her mother, Mary Hunter of Spring Lake NJ; her brother, James Hunter of Plainfield, NJ; two nieces, Lisa Hunter and Joy Porch; six nephews: Arshen Hunter, James Davis, Deon Hunter, Clifford Jefferson, all of NJ, Cash Hunter of FL, Clinton Jefferson of VA; half siblings: Kevin Lambert, Daryl Francis, both of NJ, and Pam Chambliss of GA; along with a host of other relatives and friends.