Arlene Whaley Conaway of Laurel passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Clarence F. Whaley and Mary Elizabeth Whaley. 

Arlene was retired as a secretary with Allen’s Milling in Delmar, and will be remembered for being a loving homemaker. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Laurel Senior Center. Arlene loved to go to the beach, listen to music, camp in her earlier years, and most importantly loved her family and enjoyed taking care of them. 

She is survived by her husband Preston O. Conaway of Laurel; sons, Gary Conaway and his wife Dawn of Seaford, and Dean Conaway and his wife Sharon of Laurel; daughter, Jan Allen and her husband Jeff of Laurel; brothers, Bob Whaley (Adell), Jack Whaley (Lorraine), Doug Whaley (Patty), Wayne Whaley (Helen); sister-in-law, Sug Whaley; grandchildren, Garon Conaway, Erika Conaway, Schyler Conaway, Derek Conaway (Cristina), Adam Conaway (Melissa), Ashton Lewis (Sean), Jared Allen, Jenna Hilovsky (Brad), and Justin Allen (Katie); step-grandson, Alex Bennington; great-grandchildren, Macie Hilovsky, Taylor Conaway, Taygan Conaway, Peyton Conaway, Gage Conaway, Preston Conaway, Daxon Conaway, Harper Lewis and Olivia Lewis; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive her. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Richard Whaley and Alan Whaley; and sister-in-law Connie Whaley. The Conaway family would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to her caregivers, Barb Dredden, Carol Richardson, and Susan Jestice, for the extra special care they gave their mother. 

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 30 from 11 a.m-noon in the “Elliott’s Building” at Trinity United Methodist Church, 17237 Phillips Hill Road, Laurel, Delaware 19956. A funeral service will begin at noon. Pastor Larry Whaley will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Conaway’s honor to the Elliott Worship Center, 17237 Phillips Hill Road, Laurel, Delaware 19956. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.