Meleta Navarro, 73, of Arlington, Texas, died peacefully in the hospital surrounded by her loving husband and two children. Meleta will be remembered with a memorial visitation service 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Wade Family Funeral Home Chapel, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Texas, 76013. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. Meleta was born on February 23, 1946 in Orange, Texas . She attended local elementary and high school while growing up there. Leaving her hometown, she moved to Denton, Texas to study at the University of North Texas. After graduating from UNT in 1968, she went on to teach for over 30 years at several elementary schools in the Arlington Independent School District. First, as a classroom teacher and then as an ESL teacher. She loved working with the young students and has kept in touch with many of them through the years. During retirement, Meleta loved spending time with her husband, attending her four grandchildrens' many events; baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball and theater. If they were in it, she was there cheering them on. She recently reconnected with several of her college friends and roommates to enjoy reminiscing about their days at UNT, during their monthly lunches. Participating with her book club friends and lunches with former teaching colleagues was always at the top of her list and would always brighten her day. Meleta was preceded in death by her mother, Georgia Burnett, and father, Johnnie Burnett, both of Orange, Texas. Survivors include her loving and devoted husband of 48 years, Ralph Navarro; children, Mike (Kim) Navarro and Susan (John) Shryock; grandchildren, Cade and Ben Shryock and Mia and Gage Navarro; brother, Billy Burnett; aunt, Betty Cook; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Wade Family Funeral Home 817-274-9233

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  1. I remember Meleta as a college student at North Texas. She was in the dorm with my Sister Lou Ann Carpenter. Through the years I have kept up with her through Lou Ann and with the other college friends. We attended luncheons once a month and kept up with each other. She was a dear friend and will be misses by all that loved her dearly !!

  2. Meleta is my lifetime friend. We lived in the same neighborhood as young children and were in the same first grade classroom.
    Even then she made a sweet impression on me.
    We were in the same Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church in Orange. We graduated in the same class of 1964 at Stark High School and had moved since grade school but still lived close to each other. She had a very sweet mom and a father she adored.
    We both decided to go to North Texas and be roommates.
    Meleta really cared in so many ways about so many things and about her family and friends. I loved her dearly and she will always be in my heart. When I haphazardly iron a shirt I will always remember her ironing a collar as many times as it took to get out even the smallest wrinkle. She was one of a kind and she is my lifetime friend.
    Barbara Slayter Sparks

  3. Meleta was a wonderful friend. We taught ESL together at Roquemore Elementary in Arlington for several years. I learned a lot from her about being calm and quiet in the face of chaos. We kept in touch after we retired with our summer Roquemore Friends luncheons. It was always so good to see her and catch up.

  4. Wonderful memories of our trip to Fredericksburg, TX with our husbands Ralph and Jay. Fun sightseeing, great food and good conversations during our stay at a B & B. Jay and I just so enjoyed our times with Ralph and Melita. My condolences to family.

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