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December 29, 2011

Arden Kean, a 30-year resident of Livingston Manor, NY passed peacefully at dawn on Monday, December 19, 2011, with Paul, her husband of 33 years, at her side.

The daughter of Arthur and Beth Peck, she grew up in Beach Lake, PA, Phoenix, AZ and Narrowsburg, NY. She was a gifted artist in various mediums. As a student at Narrowsburg Central School , Arden received the first New York State Regents credit for an independent art course. In addition to the graphic arts, she was an accomplished dollmaker and quilter. Most recently. she was co-owner and bookkeeper for Kean Artworks, Inc.

Arden was a licensed New York State Wildlife rehabilitator specializing in orphaned wildlife. The woods which surround her home are filled with hundreds of animals she nurtured, along with their offspring.

Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Arden was affected by her warmth, compassion and bright smile. She touched the lives of many, sharing with them her love, as well as her home. She was a source of comfort, guidance and encouragement to many. She navigated a lengthy illness with incredible patience, acceptance and grace, developing warm relationships with many nurses and doctors who cared for her.

She loved to travel, particularly summer vacations with her family to Provincetown, MA. Arden loved nature, flora and fauna, mountain, desert and ocean.

Since Arden wished to be remembered for her life, rather than her death, she requested that her loved ones hold a private celebration of her life.

Survivors include her husband Paul, at home; parents Arthur and Beth Peck of Narrowsburg, NY; daughter Jennifer and husband, Sean Thompson, Manhattan, NY; son Jason, his wife Danielle and her beloved granddaughter, Quinn Arden (who bears her name), Liberty, NY; sisters Alison Peck of Honesdale, PA and Anita Orsini and her husband Enrico of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and brother Wayne Peck and his wife Jeanne of Milanville, PA; along with numerous nieces and nephews, close friends and extended family.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc.. 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550, (www.hospiceoforange.com); American Heart Association (www.heart.org) or Sullivan County SPCA, PO Box 995, Rock Hill, NY 12775.

Deepest Sympathies for the Peck and Kean families

On behalf of the Garde family, former long-time residents of Narrowsburg, NY, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the entire family. Arden was a beautiful, gifted, compassionate, naturalist who loved life and all the beauty contained within it. We are so sorry to hear of her early departure from this Earth but trust she's finally at peace in the heavens. We celebrate her life with thanksgiving, knowing she was a blessing to all who were privileged to know her.