Erma Kipp

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Erma Kipp

Carolyn Erma Myers Kipp, a retired ready-to-wear sales person of Mountain Home, Idaho, passed away May 25, 2010, at a local care center.

Services will be held on Friday, May 28, at 2 p.m. at Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell, Idaho.

Erma, the second daughter of Caroline P. Stitzel Myers and Fred W. Myers, was born May 18, 1916, in Caldwell.

She attended elementary school at the Canyon Hill School, near Middleton, a one-room stone structure with all eight grades.

Her father, a farmer, died of a heart attack while shocking grain, in 1927 at the age of 37, leaving her mother with five children, ages ranging from 2 years to 13 years, to rear and educate through the great depression of the late '20s and early '30s.

Her mother moved the family into Caldwell when Erma started high school in the fall of 1929. She graduated in 1933 at the age of 17.

Erma married Mervin Kipp, Dec. 14, 1935, in Caldwell. Mervin was a general contractor and Erma was employed at Sander;s Style Shop for 11 years and later at Earl's Fashion Center.

They moved to Mountain Home in April 1952. Mervin was with the civil service at Mountain Home Air Force Base. She was employed at McRae's Dress Shop and later at the Merc (now Paul's) in the ladies and children's ready to wear.

Mervin passed away in July 1977. They had been married for 42 years.

After 38 years as a ready-to-wear salesperson, she retired and did extensive traveling, such as the Southwest Park Tour, to Alaska, the Yukon Territory of Canada, the Hawaiian Islands and the New England Fall Foliage Tour, which lasted 33 days.

Erma joined Pansy Rebekah Lodge #37 in Middleton in 1934. In 1953 she transferred her membership to Guiding Star #4 in Mountain Home, having received her 65-year jewel in 1999. Mervin and Erma joined the First Congregational Church of Mountain Home Dec. 15, 1974. She was active in many church functions until this was limited due to health problems.

She loved the outdoors, to fish and hunt big game, to work in her yard and gardens, also lots of needle work and to play bridge in her spare time.

Erma is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother, Fred H. (Ike) Myers and a sister, LaVina Dawson, both of Nampa, sisters Margaret Donoho of Oroville, Calif., and Arlene Morley of Jerome, Idaho.

Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church of Mountain Home, 515 N. 15th East St., Mountain Home, ID 83647.

Ermašs online guest book is available at