Just recently, we got word from Ardelle Costley’s family that she passed away at the age of 89.
Ardelle moved to California in 1960 one year before Bill McKinley, a fellow alumnus of to teach young Heralds math and science at Whittier Christian High School. We find it significant that Ardelle did not take long to have a positive impact on students and note that our yearbook, The Trumpet, was dedicated to her in 1964.
Ardelle's passion, after teaching, was tending to the beautiful gardens which surrounded her home in Pomona. She had a rich vegetable garden but her pride and joy were the berry bushes, grape vines and fruit trees that grew amongst hundreds of flowering plants with stone walkways throughout. She was always excited to show and tell her neighbors about each new or exotic plant she acquired. Her neighbors shared their stories with us about how generously she shared her produce and plant cuttings. She did not want anything to go to waste. She is missed by three living sisters and many nieces and nephews whom she loved as her own, and who she always treated to Disneyland whenever they came west to visit.
From a family of seven, Ardelle’s sister Joyce shared the following significant thoughts about Ardelle: She was a woman of faith and she gave me my first study Bible. A scripture I often heard her repeat was Philippians 1:20, 21: I eagerly expect and hope that I will not be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. INDEED! Well done Ardelle.
I am thankful to her colleagues for setting up this memorial to my sister, and sorry I could not meet with you all. She spoke very fondly of you.
With sincere thanks, Joyce (Ardelle's "baby" sister)