Arietta Mae De Graaf was born on November 28, 1923, to Gerrit and Wilhelmina (Vander Wilt) De Graaf on the family farm southeast of Prairie City.
Arietta graduated from Pella Christian High School in 1943, and was a member of the third graduating class. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Arietta retired in 1989, from F. Raniville Company/Tan – Tex Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she worked for 40 years as an office clerk. After retiring, she moved to California near Weimar in 1993, where she lived for four years. Following her years in California, she moved to Fair Haven West in August of 1997. Arietta took great pride in keeping the Legion Hall clean and was known for her shiny floors there. She was a caring aunt who loved her nieces and nephews.
Arietta is survived by one brother Marvin De Graaf of Prairie City; and one sister Wilma (Clarence) Meinders of Pella.
Arietta was preceded in death by her parents Gerrit and Wilhelmina De Graaf; three sisters: Nellie Vander Wiel, Genevieve De Graaf, and Henrietta De Groot; two brothers: William De Graaf and Gary De Graaf.
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