Marjorie Patricia Wilharm, daughter of E.R. Arthur and Harriette May Wheatley, was born April 26, 1924 in Tucson, Arizona. She grew up in Tucson and received her education from Tucson High School, and a BA and Master Degree in Education from the University of Arizona.
On July 17, 1945, she was united in marriage with Peter B. Wilharm. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Sumner and Ottumwa, Iowa. In 1953, they moved to Benson, Arizona where they purchased ownership in Benson Lumber Company. For the past 51 years the Wilharms have owned and operated Wilharm Self Storage Company in Benson.
Patricia enjoyed teaching for 25 years at the Benson Primary School. She also taught GED classes, at night, for many years. The love for music, giving piano and voice lessons, and singing in the church choir also brought great joy to her life.
Patricia is survived by one son, Peter B. Wilharm, Jr. and his wife Marilyn of Benson, Arizona; two daughters, Sharon W. Markley and her late husband, John B. of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Carol W. Estavillo and her husband Thomas of Willcox, Arizona, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary, brother Bob, and husband of 52 years, Peter B. Wilharm.
Patricia will be interred at the Cochise Gardens of Rest Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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