Millie Alltucker, 94

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Millie (Black) Alltucker, 94, a descendant of the original settlers of the Snake River and Bruneau Valleys in Idaho, died peacefully at the home of her daughter in Overbrook, Kan., on Sept. 2, 2003.

Local friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, June 12, 2004, in the Bruneau Community Church at 10:30 a.m. to honor and celebrate Millie's life. Following the memorial service, graveside services will be held at the Bruneau Cemetery. The services will conclude at the Bruneau Legion Hall with a specially prepared video tribute and a community potluck dinner.

Millie was born Nov. 22, 1908, in Bruneau to Joe and Jennie (Virginia Tate) Black. She was raised in Bruneau where she attended school and graduated from Bruneau High School. Millie attended Albion State Normal School and began her adult life as a teacher in one-room school houses in Middle District, Little Lost River, and Wendell. In 1941, she married Robert Alltucker, a highway patrolman from Elk Grove. After their marriage, the couple moved to California.

During the war years, while her husband served with the Navy in the Pacific, she returned to Idaho with their daughter Carol, and assisted in the war effort by working the graveyard shift at the Union Pacific roundhouse in Glenns Ferry. After the war, the family returned to California where they resided for nearly 61 years. Her husband, Robert, died in 1976.

Millie was a childhood member of the Bruneau Community Church, a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, and was active in Eastern Star and Job's Daughters. She was also a substitute teacher for the Sacramento School District.

According to her family "Millie was a gifted poet and kept wonderful journals describing her life in California and the memories of her early life with the family cattle ranches in the Bruneau Valley and their summer range at the head of Battle Creek. Millie was a very special person and an inspiration to all who knew her. She will always be remembered by the many lives she touched."

Millie is survived by: her daughter, Christine Branden-berger and her husband, Bill, of Overbrook, Kan,; her brother, Paul Black and his wife, Mattie, of Shoofly, Idaho; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Robert Alltucker; daughters Carol Ann and Crystal; her sister, Bessie Keith and her husband, Bob, of Sacramento; and her brother, Albert Black and his wife, Bonnie, of Mountain Home.

Remembrances may be made to the Bruneau Cemetery Fund, c/o David Jones, Box 7521, Bruneau, ID 83604.