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Beth Arndt Passes Away

TAYLORSVILLE, NC - Elizabeth "Beth" Kirkpatrick Arndt, 76, of Second Street, SW, Taylorsville, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. She was born Jan. 5, 1934, in Alexander County to the late George Marvin Kirkpatrick and Marie Smithey Kirkpatrick. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorsville and was retired owner of Smithey's Department Store. She was a proud owner of champion Saddlebred horses and traveled to many states for horse shows. She loved her community and friends.

A big thrill of her life was when her horse CH Breaking News won the Triple Crown in Saddlebred competition in 2008. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Arndt, in 1983. Survivors include two daughters, Karen McClure and Tamra Arndt, both of Taylorsville; two grandchildren, Megan McClure of Kentucky and Tyler McClure of Taylorsville; and a son-in-law, Dan McClure of Hickory.

A private graveside service will be conducted today, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in the Taylorsville City Cemetery by the Revs. Roger Underwood and Lory Beth Huffman. There will be no formal visitation. Condolences may be sent to the Arndt family at  

The family requests no flowers or food. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Alexander County Animal Shelter, 116 Waggin Trail, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681 or to Alexander County Crimestoppers, 29 West Main Ave., Taylorsville, N.C. 28681. Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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