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Arnella A. Deafenbaugh, 78, Kokomo, went with the angels at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at St. Vincent Kokomo. She was born Oct. 22, 1938, in Muncie, the daughter of the late Noel and Eva (Richwine) Barber. On July 13, 1991, she married William Deafenbaugh, and he survives.
Arnella was a 1957 graduate and valedictorian of Muncie Central High School and received her master's in education from Ball State University. Arnella was the church organist for the Madison Street Methodist Church in Muncie from the age of 12 until relocating to Greentown in 1972 and became the organist at the First United Methodist Church there. She taught choir at Eastern High School from 1972 to 1974. She then went on to teach elementary music in the Oak Hill United School Corp. for the next 26 years until retiring in 2000. After retiring she volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital. Arnella was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, Retired Chapter. She played in the Muncie and Kokomo Symphony Orchestras and taught private music lessons.
Arnella is survived by her husband, William R. Deafenbaugh, Kokomo; children, Julie Kistler (Chuck Graff), Kokomo, Cyndy (Lee) Kendall, Greentown, Matt Kistler, Indianapolis, and Bruce Kistler (Debby Sherron), Windfall; grandchildren, Brittany (Ryan) Bright, Kirby Kendall (Adam Starcher), and Steven Kistler (Katie Carter); great-grandchildren, Isabella Kistler, Aria Bright and Wesley Bright.
Arnella was preceded in death by her parents, half brother and half sister.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, with Pastor Jon Tice officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity House of St. Vincent Kokomo. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on August 10, 2017
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