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Alta Lois Wilmarth

Rites Tuesday for Alta Wilmarth, 70, former SCI educator

Funeral services. will be conducted Tuesday, at 1:30 PM, at the First Methodist Church, for Alta Lois Wilmarth, 70, 2604 Walnut, who died Saturday, May 16, 1962.  Burial will be made in Springfield, Missouri, on Wednesday.

Miss Wilmarth was born May 10, 1892, in Corning, the daughter of Bertie and Willard Wilmarth.

In 1921 she was graduated from the State College of Iowa with a B. A. degree, and immediately joined the Department of Rural Education.  She received her master's degree from the University of Iowa and did further graduate work at Columbia University, New York.  When the rural department at the college was dissolved, she transferred to the Department of Teaching.  For about twenty years before her retirement in 1957, she was supervisor of student teaching in Hudson.  Her entire life was spent in educational circles, where she served in many capacities.  She was a member of the First Methodist Church and for many years worked on the Wesley Foundation board.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Maude Arthur, 2604 Walnut, two brothers, Ronald Wilmarth, La Sara, Texas; and Boyd Wilmarth, Perry, Missouri, an aunt, Mrs. Lois Sorrell, Berkeley, California; an uncle, J. W. Archer, Laramie, Wyoming ; five nieces and three nephews.

The body is at the Nelson Funeral Home.

Copyright Cedar Falls Record, May 21, 1962.


Miss Alta L.. Wilmarth, Associate Professor of Teaching, passed away at her home, 2604 Walnut Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa, on May 19, 1962.  She had dedicated thirty-eight years of her teaching career to the State College of Iowa.

Miss Wilmarth was reared in Corning, Iowa.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State College of Iowa and the Master of Arts degree from the State University of Iowa. Additional work was obtained at Columbia University.

She began her teaching career at the college as a member of the Rural Education Department in 1919, later transferring to the Department of Teaching, where she served in the Hudson Affiliated Teaching Center until her retirement in 1957.

In her work, Miss Wilmarth immediately identified herself with the best interests of the school, church, and with all problems of community welfare. Those who had the privilege of working closely with her were constantly impressed with her complete dedication.  She gave a life of service to children, student teachers, parents, and the community at large.

No task was too big or detail too small to engage her finest efforts.  Few of us live our religion as completely as did Alta Wilmarth.  The church, the school, and the community are richer because of her pattern of life.

Lucile Anderson
Edna Mantor
Elmer Ritter
Richard Lattin, Chairman

Faculty Senate minutes, June 4, 1962

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