Armella Souza Wharton passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, at Providence Medford Medical Center. She was born Armella Arseneau, February 3, 1922, in Manchester, N.H., to a seafaring father, Fredrick, and homemaking mother, Alice Gosselin. She had three sisters and two brothers. They had a frugal childhood during the Great Depression. As an adult she lived near Jacksonville, Ore.

Leaving home at an early age prompted an early marriage to Larry Souza, now deceased. She was a housewife, and raised two daughters and two sons by herself. Her family grew to include ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. As her family grew she decided to finish school and attended Rogue Community College for two terms.

Sewing and gardening were her specialties, and she had a greenhouse to start her plants. She was known as an expert seamstress with many blankets, lap robes, and specialty clothing items to her credit.

On June 21, 1986, in Reno, Nev., she married Ted Wharton, who survives.

She had many accomplishments including an ongoing membership in the National Sewing Guild, as well as a long-time membership with Fast Turn Manufacturing. She also did considerable sewing for the VA Dom in White City, Ore.

Inurnment will be in the Rock Point Cemetery, Gold Hill, Ore.