Ardella Wilbur

Return to Class of 1937

Ardella Wilbur3/19/2011
Ardella (Wilbur) Harrington, 91, passed away March 19, 2011.

She was born Jan. 25,
1920, in Melcher, Iowa, to Pearl and Tabitha (Kirtley) Wilbur.

She graduated from
Knoxville High School in 1937 and went on to attain a business degree from Capital
City Commercial College, Des Moines. Ardella was employed in a legal firm and went
on to work in two Social Service agencies in Knoxville, Iowa, and for the U.S. Employment
Service/War Manpower Commission. She was also employed by an auto firm, as well
as L.W. Ramsey Advertising.

She retired in 1982 after 21 years at Creswell, Munsell,
Fultz, & Zirbel in Cedar Rapids. Ardella was a member of Kenwood Park United Methodist
Church and the Cedar Rapids Woman’s Club. She was a life member of Order of the
Eastern Star. She was also a life member (since 1939) of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Ardella was married to Wm. G. Harrington; they later divorced. She is survived by
her son, Harold L. (“Hezz”) Harrington and wife Vickie of Cedar Rapids; granddaughters,
Jennifer Harrington and Katherine Harrington; great-grandson, Mitchell Harrington;
sister, Marjorie Weider; nieces and nephew, Betsie Fink, Susan Weider and Phillip
Weider; and “adoptive daughters,” Willie Siler (California) and Nancy Prabel (Cedar Rapids). She was preceded in death by her parents; son, William G. Harrington II;
and her sister, Elizabeth Ann Kelly.

As Ardella requested, there will be no services.
A private family burial will be held at the Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines. Cedar

Memorial Park Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids, is in charge of the arrangements.