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Wilma Hiburnis Stayton Arata
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1917
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 2009
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA

Wilma H. Arata
Oct. 15, 1917 - Nov. 15, 2009

MISHAWAKA - Wilma H. Arata, 92, of Mishawaka, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, November 15, 2009, in the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend. Wilma was born October 15, 1917, in Mishawaka, to the late Harley L. and Tessa (Cooper) Stayton.

On June 1, 1940, she was united in marriage to Mr. Edward Arata in Mishawaka. Edward preceded her in death, passing away in 1989.

Surviving are her children, Tom (Patricia) Arata of Mishawaka, Jane (Raymond) Kizer of Logansport, Indiana, Suzanne Rodts of Rockford, Michigan, and Beth Arata (companion, Jon Smiley) of Kewanna, Indiana. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Wilma was preceded in death by her brothers, John and Lauren Stayton, and by her son-in-law, Philip Rodts.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2009, in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola. Rev. Greg Timmons of the First Christian Church of Mishawaka will conduct the 10:00 a.m. funeral service on Friday, November 20, in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Wilma was a graduate of Mishawaka High School, class of 1936. She was a homemaker, who was dedicated to both her family and her church. She was a member of First Christian Church for 71 years. In her spare time she enjoyed watching professional football, especially the Colts and the Bears, sewing and needlework. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church, 2511 E. 3rd St., Mishawaka, IN 46544; or to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the Arata family at www.chapelhillmemorial.com. 
 
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  Edward H. Arata (1910 - 1989)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Osceola
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Scabbardfish
Record added: Nov 18, 2009
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Wilma Hiburnis <i>Stayton</i> Arata
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