|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1910|
|Death: ||Feb. 4, 2011|
Hailey lost one of its most precious crown jewels on Feb. 4 with the passing of longtime resident Alba Arndt.
She died eight months after her 100th birthday. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at St. Charles Church in Hailey.
Alba was born in 1910 in Virginia, Idaho, the daughter of Italian immigrants Michael and Sadie Goble (Bertoglio) Burton. She graduated from high school in 1928 in nearby Downey and attended the University of Idaho - Southern Branch, now Idaho State University in Pocatello.
She taught schools in Bannock County for five years. In 1936, she married Chet Arndt, who was working for the State of Idaho in Pocatello. The couple later moved to Manhattan, Kan. where Chet took a job with Kansas State University. After World War II, they moved to Hailey. In 1950, they bought one of the Hailey's earliest homes, the Bailey House on Third avenue, where Alba continued to live until january 2010. Alba was a certified teacher but stayed home to raise her son, Henry before returning to the classroom in 1954. She taught reading and music in the Hailey schools for 20 years until retiring in 1974.
Alba was interested in a wide variety of topics, but she especially loved music and reading. For many years she played the piano and organ at church services, weddings and other events- many Hailey brides have marched down the aisle in time to her music. Following retirement, she served as the librarian at the Hailey Library. She was selected to represent hailey on the Blaine County Museum's hertiage Court in 2006.
Always well informed, even in her later years after her hearing and sight had dimished, Alba appreciated each day as it unfolded and took great joy in life's little pleasures, such as her prized pear tree, her comofrting house, the Sun Valley Symphony and visits with her legion of friends.
Survivors include sister Lola in Downey, son Henry (Jeanette) of Elkhart, Ind., four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Sister Erma died in Hillsboro, Ore., last fall and husband, Chet, died in 1992.
Alba leaves a legacy of treasured friendships that include people of all ages and from all walks of life. But Alba constantly renewed her stock of friends as new people came into her life and discovered what a remarkable and inspirational person she was. In some cases, her friendships extended back five genrations in the same family. Her optimistic attitude, enthusiastic support of others, appreciation for what she had and love of life itself will be fondly remembered and serve as life lessons for all who knew her.
Michael Victor Burton (1871 - 1963)
Sadie Goble Burton (1884 - 1983)
Chester E. Arndt (1905 - 1992)
James A Arndt (1940 - 1941)*
Created by: SRBentz
Record added: Feb 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65192152
Love to my special friend. I miss you.|
Added: Mar. 5, 2013
For you, Alba and I love you & miss you!|
Added: Feb. 4, 2011