Azelle Witte Arnold passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at The Heritage at Lowman, Chapin, S.C. She was blessed with 97 years.
Ms. Arnold was born Aug. 6, 1915, to the late Homer and Florence Witte in Calhoun County, W.Va.
A memorial service celebrating Ms. Arnold's life was held at the chapel on The Heritage at Lowman campus on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. A private burial will be held at the Minnora Cemetery in Minnora, W.Va.
Ms. Arnold graduated from Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va. She had a very successful career as a school teacher. She spent 30 years in Okinawa, Japan, teaching at the Zukeran Elementary School. She had a great love for her fourth graders, both military and Japanese children. She had many stories to tell about her fourth graders, and enjoyed talking about their Friday afternoon ball games. After retirement, Ms. Arnold lived for a number of years in Spring Hill, Fla. In 2008, she moved to Columbia, S.C., to be near her nephew, Mike Witte.
She is survived by her family; nephew, Mike (Lynn) Witte of Chapin, S.C.; nephew, David (Cindy) Suttle of Boiling Springs, S.C.; and niece, Debbie (Jim) Robertson of Irmo, S.C. She is also survived by great-nieces and nephews, Kim Haley of Chapin, S.C., Jeff Suttle of New Port Richey, Fla., Maggie Robertson of Malta, Ohio, Greg Witte of Tampa, Fla., and Erin Robertson of Irmo, S.C.; great-great-nephew, Christopher Haley of Chapin, S.C.; great-great-nieces, Molly Suttle of Moore, S.C., and McKinley Witte of Tampa, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jeanne Witte Suttle; brother, Paul Witte; and great-nephews, Chris Witte and Steve Suttle.
The family expresses appreciation to the staff at The Heritage at Lowman and Lutheran Hospice for their care and services to Ms. Arnold during her final days.
The family requests that donations be made to Palmetto Missions, 7000 Nursery Road, Irmo, SC 29063, for school scholarships to educate children in Mololola, Honduras.
Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville is in charge of arrangements in West Virginia.