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Arnette Kay Shoffeitt, a former Hono­lulu Star-Bulletin reporter and United Airlines spokes­woman, died March 6 in North Caro­lina. She was 73.

Shoffeitt died at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Ashe­ville, N.C., after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Clinton, Iowa. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University.

Shoffeitt was a reporter for the Star-Bulletin for nine years before joining United Airlines, where she rose to director of corporate communications. She retired in 1988.

A longtime resident of the Chicago area before retiring to North Caro­lina and Florida, Shoffeitt was an avid golfer, an accomplished pianist and an experienced world traveler.

She is survived by stepsons Todd and Dean Shoffeitt, niece Margo Stutesman and nephew Brian Lund.

A memorial service will take place April 9 at the Lake Toxaway United Methodist Church in Lake Toxaway, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Shoffeitt’s memory to the National Brain Tumor Society, www.braintumor.org, or Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, www.habitatcollier.org.

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