Arleta (Gunther) Baird

  • Born: August 17, 1936
  • Died: August 7, 2019
  • Location: Franconia, New Hampshire

Cremation Society of New Hampshire

101 Union Street
Littleton, NH 03561

Tel. (800) 493-8001

Tribute & Message From The Family


ARLETA (GUNTHER) BAIRD

FRANCONIA, NH -- Arleta (Gunther) Baird, age 82 passed away gently August 7, 2019 due to pulmonary fibrosis and congestive heart failure. She was born August 17, 1936 in Gilman, Vermont to John and Emma (Goulette) Gunther. She married Merle Allin as a young woman and had two boys, Merle and Kevin. They were the love of her life. Arleta was remarried to John Baird for several years; and for the last 19 years, she has been living life to the fullest with her companion, Robert Hovik.

Arleta made people smile. She always had a funny story to tell, she loved to lend a helping hand, and she knew how to lighten the mood, regardless of the situation. She loved antiquing and finding treasures in her travels between NH and Florida. Arleta loved unconditionally, without judgment, and selflessly.

For many years Arleta was successfully self-employed as a Dutchmaid Distributor where she sold clothing at house parties. She later became involved in healthcare where she worked at Littleton Regional Hospital in the Billing Department, and then transitioned to a Volunteer where she was willing to do whatever was needed. She has several accomplishments and recognitions from the hospital.

Her life was a living example of a quote by Mother Theresa: "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put into that action."

Arleta was preceded in death by her son, Kevin, and is survived by her companion Robert Hovik, and his 3 children, her son Merle Allin, her granddaughter (Kevin's daughter) Nico Danault, her sister Arlene Lewis, and her nephews Kenneth and Tommy, and their families. Arleta is also survived by her daughter in law, former wife of son Kevin, Sandra Allin Wyman, and by many of her Baird family members. All of these, and many, many more friends were touched deeply by her loving spirit.

SERVICES -- Please join us celebrating her life Thursday August 15, 2019 from 5:30-7 PM at Pillsbury Phaneuf Funeral Home, 101 Union Street, Littleton, NH and/or at the funeral on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 10 AM at St. Rose of Lima Church, 77 Clay Street, Littleton, NH with the Very Reverend Mark E. Dollard as Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pulmonaryfibrosis.org where a special tribute page has been created in Arleta's name: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/PFFTribute/ArletaBaird


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I am very sorry of Arleta's passing. She was a wonderful woman and I enjoyed visiting with her. She had a beautiful smile, a very kind heart and always had an upbeat personality. She had known me my whole life. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and close friends. Also my parents Jim Ingerson and Wanda Ingerson would like to share their condolences since they were life long friends to Arleta.

Posted by Kathy and Larry Rexford - Whitefield, NH - Friend   August 15, 2019

Remembering our dear Arleta ... We will miss her smile, the sparkle in her eyes, her presence in the Park, her many stories, and her updates on everything! We are fortunate to have Arleta and Bob as our neighbors and friends all these years. We hold you in our thoughts,Bob, during this difficult time.

Posted by Mary King & Peter Zimmermann - Neighbor   August 14, 2019

Arleta, I will miss your smile, jokes and stories more than you can know. I feel so fortunate to have shared your friendship. You are one of a kind, loving and sweet. Memories of our adventures together are treasured. Florida will not be the same without you. Rest In Peace dear friend. We will see you on the other side.

Posted by Laurie DeLong - Crystal River, FL - Friend   August 14, 2019

Dear Arleta , You were my dear friend and we shared great memories during our years in Florida!
I will miss you a lot! Lore Whitener , August 14

Posted by Lore Whitener - Ooltewah, TN - Friend   August 14, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Arleta's passing, Although she had been through a difficulties and heartache in her life , Even having gone through that she always had a smile for everyone, She was a very special person to me, With her around we always had so much fun at work ' May she rest in peace,

Posted by Sandra Gould Gould - Mesa, AZ - Friend   August 14, 2019

Thank you for all of the love and laughter you gave me Arleta. I love you.

Posted by Annie Teal    August 13, 2019

Arleta, I'll hold our friendship close to my heart forever. You brought much joy and laughter to our little card group. We had such fun finding our dollar deals at the thrift stores. What can I say, Florida just won't be the same without you. May you rest in peace dear friend.

Posted by Christine Glasstetter - Crystal River, FL   August 12, 2019

Dear Arleta, So sorry that I never had a chance to say Goodbye to you. Rest In Peace. You will be greatly missed.

Posted by Daphne McDonald - Ex Littleton, NH - Friend   August 12, 2019


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Arleta, I'll hold our friendship close to my heart forever. You brought much joy and laughter to our little card group. We had such fun finding our dollar deals at the thrift stores. What can I say, Florida just won't be the same without you. May you rest in peace dear friend.