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Wilma Shea-Arndt, Pastor’s Wife

SALEM, Ore.—Wilma Shea-Arndt, a pastor’s wife, died Aug. 1. She was 99.

After college at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, Wilma attended nursing school in Philadelphia, where she met a young seminary student, Bill Shea, who became her husband on June 8, 1944. Wilma served alongside Bill as he was pastor of First Baptist Church, Redmond, Washington; Grace Baptist Church, Moscow, Idaho; and Gatewood Baptist Church, Seattle, Washington. The couple retired in the early 1990s.

In her life of ministry, Wilma enjoyed accompanying the high school youth at wilderness camps, leading children’s choirs and junior church, serving as a nurse at Camp Glendawn, and caring for widows by taking them to doctor appointments and bringing meals.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Shea, in 1994, and her second husband, Albert Arndt, in 2005.