Emma Oleah True, 97

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Emma Oleah True, 97, died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at the Elmore County Long Term Treatment Center in Mountain Home.

Funeral services were held at Tuesday, April 12, at the Mountain Home LDS Church. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Glenn Rest Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel.

Oleah was born June 26, 1907, in Weston, Idaho, to Alvin David and Emma Crockett. She was the second oldest of nine brothers and sisters. The family moved to King Hill and Glenns Ferry where she attended school.

She left to attend nurses training at St. Alphonsus Training School where she graduated in 1928. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living graduate.

Her nursing career took her to Colorado and Oregon. She later attend the University of Washington under a stipend from Elmore County. After attending school, she came to work for Elmore County from 1948 to 1963.

During the time of her position as county nurse, no doctor would work without a hospital besides the small Glenns Ferry Clinic that supported the Union Pacific Railroad. Without the presence of a doctor, she was required to perform many tasks. She later went on to work with county officials and other committees in building the Elmore County Hospital in 1955.

She also worked with Vinnie Sorenson in organizing the annual Christmas Cheer baskets. She could relate many stories about her travels in and about Elmore County.

Oleah was a member of the LDS Church.

She is survived by: her two daughters Shirley Fougere and her husband, Bob, of Millbury, Mass., and Geraldine True-Sterling and her husband, Jim; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; a grandson; one brother, Alden Crockett of Pocatello, and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her three daughters, Doris, Delores and Arlene, as well as her husband, Albert M. True, seven brothers and two sisters, Henry, Owen, David, Amos Marvin, Fred, Duard, Lillian Tindell and Audrey Crockett.