Cel­e­brat­ing 40-plus years of ser­vice on Main Street


Af­ter more than 40 years of ser­vice to the good peo­ple of Span­ish Fork, Nila Ar­gyle, at the ripe old age of 91, has at long last de­cided to re­tire to the com­forts of home and her flower gar­dens. She has made hun­dreds of dear friends in the years she spent work­ing on Main Street and will miss see­ing them all. She will es­pe­cially miss her Stone Drug fam­ily.

In 1972 Nila opened a Mont­gomery Ward Cat­a­log store (cur­rently Reams). Af­ter five suc­cess­ful years she sold her fran­chise and soon af­ter moved across the street to work at Stone Drug, where she stayed for the next 38 years.

Although 43 years seems like a very long time, amazingly her Main Street roots go much deeper. Her fa­ther, Arnold An­gell, worked for many years at the Dixon Tay­lor Rus­sell fur­ni­ture store on Main Street and her fa­ther-in-law owned the Ar­gyle Bar­ber­shop (cur­rently Chris’ Bar­ber­shop), where Nila’s late hus­band Gerald Ar­gyle joined his dad and brother af­ter WWII. He even­tu­ally bought the shop and worked there for more than 35 years. Gerald and Nila felt a great loy­alty to their fel­low home­town mer­chants. Their motto was to al­ways sup­port the busi­nesses in Span­ish Fork be­fore go­ing else­where to spend their money, a loy­alty they in­stilled in their five chil­dren.

Nila’s kind­ness, friend­li­ness and lov­ing good na­ture have been her hall­marks with her fam­ily, her church fam­ily, her Stone Drug fam­ily and her life­long friend­ships. She is truly one in a mil­lion and if you have the time, she would be so happy to have you stop by and sit on her pa­tio for a nice visit. She’ll make the cook­ies!

Nila Ar­gyle

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