Obituary of Arlene Moses
Arlene L. Moses
November 18, 1944 – September 9, 2018
Arlene Lolita Moses was born in Newark, New Jersey on November 18, 1944 to John Lewis
Bowe and Annie Bell Bowe. She was the eldest of two children, including her brother Edward.
During her childhood, Arlene’s family moved to Cumberland, Virginia and later to Brooklyn,
New York, where she grew up.
Arlene attended Clara Barton High School and graduated in 1961. She then went to Columbus,
Ohio, got married and had one child, Earl, in 1964. Soon after, she returned to New York.
Arlene enrolled in Kingsborough Community College (known today as Medgar Evers College),
earned an Associate’s degree in Nursing, and became a Registered Nurse for nearly a decade.
In 1974, Arlene re-married James Moses, a corrections officer, and they moved to Queens, NY.
She retired from nursing in 1975 after a bad car crash severely injured her back.
Following the car accident, Arlene developed a love of gardening and she filled her home with
countless flowers and plants. Gardening remained a favorite pastime when Arlene and James
moved in 1981 from Queens to the Poconos in Milford, PA. James also had a green thumb and
following his years in corrections, he opened a successful landscaping business in Pennsylvania.
The couple later lived in Kingsley, PA for a few years, before moving to Palmerton, PA in 2011.
Together, they beautified their homes and were devoted to one another for 44 years of marriage.
Throughout her life, Arlene enjoyed numerous hobbies. She loved scary movies, reading history
and horror books, and was an excellent dancer. In New York, she and her brother used to take
over the dance floors at various parties and ballrooms doing “the slop.”
An avid baker and cook, Arlene was well known within the family for her excellent cakes, pies,
desserts and other culinary treats. She took special joy in making her son and each of her
nephews their favorite cakes. She delighted in showing her grandkids how to make gingerbread
houses. And over the years, she created her own huge collection of hundreds of unique, hand-
Additionally, Arlene was extremely talented and creative with sewing and crocheting. She used
ornate fabrics to crochet beautiful quilts, including those that adorned her living room and dining
room walls. Arlene always loved watching tennis and in her later years, she never missed a major
match on TV.
In 2008, Arlene’s mother, Annie, moved from New York to Pennsylvania to live with her
daughter and son-in-law, James, who cared for both women until each of their deaths.
Arlene passed away peacefully in Bethlehem, PA on September 9, 2018 at the age of 73. Her
loving husband and son were by her side during her transition.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Annie and John Bowe. Arlene is survived by:
Earl Glen Cox
Daughter in Law
Lynnette Khalfani Cox
James Moses Jr.
John Edward Bowe
Sister in Law
Nieces in Law
Great Nephews and Great Nieces
Jayden Bowe (deceased)
A host of cousins and friends also mourn her passing.
Order of Service
Welcome and Prayer
Scripture Reading – Old Testament
Scripture Reading – New Testament
Reflections of Family and Friends
Hymn of Comfort
Interment – Woodbridge Memorial Gardens
1098 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Funeral services by Plinton Curry Funeral Home
Family and friends will gather for a repast immediately following the memorial service.
The family of Arlene L. Moses deeply appreciates and gratefully acknowledges all of your
condolences and kind expressions of love. We thank you also for your prayers that continue to guide and support us at this time.