Arline Annette Todd

January 10, 1936September 13, 2018

Arline Annette Todd was born on January 10, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York to Joseph and Madalaine Aluffo. She lived many places throughout her life, including New York, North Carolina, Alabama, Pennsylvania, California, England, and most recently, Texas, where she resided in the home of her beloved daughter and grandchildren. She died on September 13, 2018 in Grapevine, Texas at the age of 82, surrounded by her family.

Arline’s diverse educational background spanned the fields of nursing, engineering science, technical journalism, fine art, and graphic design. She received her nursing license from Harlem Valley State Hospital in Wingdale, NY where she began her career as a psychiatric nurse. She obtained an associate degree in electrical engineering from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA and a Bachelor of Science in technical journalism from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. She worked as a technical writer and delved into marketing communications for several years before founding and leading Todd Advertising – a Silicon Valley, California agency that specialized in advertising and sales promotion serving a variety of high-tech companies. She continued her education at San Jose State in San Jose, CA where she earned her Master of Science in mass communications with a concentration in creative writing.

Arline’s appreciation for literature and her passion for writing evolved into a career as a science fiction author, during which she composed and published several short futuristic and romance stories as well as a medical/political thriller novel. She was an active member of the North Texas Romance Writers Association. Her abiding devotion and unconditional love for her family is palpable in her work. The cover of her novel itself dons the image of her beautiful daughter, who Arline described as the ‘mother par excellence of [her] four precious grandchildren.’ Her tender heart and pervasive generosity will continue to live on in the pages of her work and permeate the lives of those she leaves behind.

Arline was a highly intelligent and creative woman, which was reflected through her educational endeavors, career ambitions, and stimulating personal hobbies. To say that she was an avid reader would be an understatement – Arline had her nose stuck in a book since the day she could read. Her love of a good story extended well beyond the pages of a book; Arline was also a movie enthusiast, and would watch just about anything. If it wasn’t a movie she was watching, it was golf. In her earlier years, Arline excelled at golf, and carried her love of the sport throughout the remainder of her life.

Arline’s creative expression was evident not only in her writing, but also in her artistic ability. She was a highly skilled artist in a variety of media, but primarily enjoyed painting in her spare time. Her oldest granddaughter recalls the delight that she and her grandmother shared in sketching together over the years; Arline was always eager to assist with art projects and never failed to deliver. She was adept at puzzles in all forms and games of all kinds, and she never missed an opportunity to play a board game or cards with her friends and family. However, if there was one pastime she loved more than the rest, it was playing bingo. The happiness and excitement she felt was contagious, and perhaps more important than the game itself. There was nothing she loved more than sharing a joyful experience with those whom she loved.

Arline is survived by her daughter, Diane Todd, and grandchildren, Mariah Mauney, Daniel Kaiser, Michael Kaiser, and Rachel Kaiser of Grapevine, TX; sisters, Sandi (Ed) Miller of Santa Maria, CA, Linda Hagerty of Oceano, CA, and Susan (Michael) Leonardo of Dunlap, TN; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Madalaine Aluffo, and siblings, Kathleen and Joseph Aluffo.

A private memorial service will be held for the family at their home where a tree will be planted in Arline’s honor. Her ashes will rest in the care of her daughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Altrusa International Foundation, a service organization whose promotion of worldwide literacy Arline outwardly acknowledged and appreciated. Donations can be made online at


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Juliet Burns

October 9, 2018

I'll never forget walking into Book Club and being SO glad to see Arline. She was an astute and discerning reader, a talented writer, and a generous and joyful novel enthusiast. Despite her health limitations, there she'd be every week, oxygen in tow, ready to have an intelligent and lively discussion about the latest novel. I MISS her. And I can only aspire to be as wonderful a person as she was.
Arline, I love and miss you, girlfriend. Read a book for me up in heaven.

Christine Crocker

September 22, 2018

So sorry to hear of Arline's passing. She was a wonderful person and excellent writer. Lifting up the family in prayer.

Darlene Selinger

September 19, 2018

Diane and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God grant you the peace that passes all understanding, as you grieve your loss. The obituary is a lovely testimony to a life well-lived, and I pray the memories of your precious mom/grandmother will be a source of comfort and joy.

With love,
Darlene Selinger

Cory Morin

September 18, 2018

Truly a wonderful person and a delight to be around. Arline - you will be missed. Rest In Peace.

Curtis Robinson

September 18, 2018

Dear Diane and Family,

I have been thinking about you all around the clock, and I can’t begin to imagine the heartbreak you are all feeling. My heart just breaks for you all. This obituary and tribute is so eloquent and moving, and shines a radiant light on all of the inspirations that your mom and grandma brought to your lives. The most important and meaningful amongst these are the thoughtfulness and love she shared with those that she cared about the most. While your mom and grandma has ascended from this life, it is clear she leaves you with valuable and countless lessons for guidance as you continue to live yours. These are precious gifts, and they ensure she remains present with you all every single day.

With love and deepest sympathies,

Dionne Lewis

September 17, 2018

Hold on tight to your mom’s memories, she is there, watching you. Sending comfort, love and peace to you and your family.

Maryanne Coughlin

September 15, 2018

Diane and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
With love,

Robert Donnelly

September 15, 2018

Diane and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss.
Know please that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
May Arline Rest In Peace.
My sincerest condolences, Rob Donnelly