Smiling Mom
Arlene Kidder Carswell
  • 94 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 30, 1921
  • Place of birth:
    Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 8, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Hightstown, New Jersey, United States
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

We were all blessed by this wonderful woman.  After a full life of love and happiness, Arlene Carswell left us on December 8, 2015.  She has now joined Bruce, the love of her life.  They will both be forever in our hearts.

We have set up this site in her memory.  The quotation above is from Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet", one of Mom's favorite books.  And the music is from Beethoven, one of her favorite composers.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories, and photos in the tribute section below, by clicking the tabs above or the add photos button to the right.

With all our love,
Dix, Jan, Kevin and Betsy

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kevin Carswell on 8th December 2017

"If roses grow in heaven,
Lord please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.

Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.

Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there’s an ache within my heart
that will never go away.

- Dolores M. Garcia"

This tribute was added by Kevin Carswell on 10th December 2016

"We are all missing you Mom.  Say hi to Dad."

This tribute was added by Bruce Carswell on 11th December 2015

"When Kevin and I were kids, Mom challenged us by saying; "as you live your lives, always work to make the world a better place than you found it".  No doubt you did that you!"

This tribute was added by Howard Welt on 11th December 2015

"Arlene was dear to me.  I spent some time today thinking of her and the hours I passed in the early 60's eating hot dogs in her kitchen during school recess or playing fort with Kevin in her basement.  Those were such different times.  But the sweet memories of them and Arlene linger with me.  She was ever gentle and kind .

When my own parents passed it was a revelation, as if a curtain had been raised on a window to my life that, while always there, I could never before see through.  I hope that in a similar way all who miss Arlene gain insight and peace from the event of her passing.

The photos on the site moved me greatly.  Arlene was a beauty, of course, but the pictures also drew me back into times from memory and forward into the lives that her children have today fashioned with their own wives, children, and grandchildren.  I now remember Arlene as if we were speaking when I was a small child.  I have a seven-year-old son now myself, and I realize that I must have been his age when I knew her best.  Life is indeed a web infinite beyond our comprehension.

I am sorry for her loss but happy for the blessings God has given us through her long, rich life."

This tribute was added by Marguerite Ferro on 9th December 2015

"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
-Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet"

This tribute was added by Kevin Carswell on 9th December 2015

"“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ―Washington Irving"

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