Florence Falk

Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Florence Falk

Florence Josephine McCaslin Falk, 101, of Mountain Home, died June 27, 2008, at a local hospital, after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 2, with a viewing beginning at 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service at Rasmussen Funeral Home in Burley. Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley. Local arrangements were provided by Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, which held a viewing on Tuesday.

"Flo" as her friends called her, was born Oct. 28, 1906, in Broken Bow, Neb., to Frank Roger McCaslin and Hattie Mable Barcus McCaslin.

Flo had not finished high school when she went with her older sister, Marion, to attend Grand Island Business College. Those plans were interrupted when the family lost the farm due to successive years of drought, grasshoppers and low grain prices and relocated to Index, Wash., finally settling in Burley, Idaho.

When hospitalized in Pocatello needing surgery her family could not afford, Flo repaid the physicians by beginning what would be a life-long career in nursing.

It was as a special nurse to Thea Falk in the Pocatello General Hospital that Flo met Emil S. Falk, Thea's only child. Flo and Emil were married in Hazelton, Idaho, on Oct. 30, 1928.

Flo and Emil farmed in Eden and raised three children.

Flo and Emil moved to Mountain Home in 1953 where Flo continued her nursing career in the Elmore County Hospital and Emil worked as a deputy at the county jail. He died in 1971 and Flo worked at the hospital until age 70.

She then provided day care for hospital friends and managed her rental property well into her late nineties. She lived in her own home until her death.

Flo is survived by: her son, Jack, of Murphy; daughter Helen Jo Ryan (Robert) of Yuba City, Calif.; daughter-in-law Evelyn Falk of Logan, Utah; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, James McCaslin of Burley; two cousins and 22 nieces and nephews.

Flo was preceded in death by her sisters, Marion Coulter and Frances Mosely; brothers Max, Steve and Frank; her husband, and a daughter, Sharon Lea Hedden.

Memorials can be made in Flo's memory to the Idaho Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 8538, Boise, ID 83707 or a charity of choice.