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Obituaries

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Alice M. Waldo

Sept. 21, 1916 - April 6, 2008

Alice Marie (Souther) Waldo, 91 of Alta, died April 6, 2008 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

Services were held on Wednesday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Alta. The Rev. Craig Lee officiated. Burial was in the Elk Township Cemetery of Alta. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.

Alice Marie Souther was born to Earle V. Souther and Hilda (Sundleaf) Souther on Sept. 21, 1916 in Grant Township. She was baptized as a small child in the Methodist Church of Storm Lake and joined the First Presbyterian Church in 1943.

She attended grades one through eight at Grant Township No. 8, the Storm Lake High School. She went to Buena Vista College for one year, then went to many summer schools and earned her teaching degree in 1966. Alice taught school for 35 years, 26 of them in Alta.

Alice married Earl Waldo from Alta, on Nov. 27, 1942 and lived on a farm near Alta until they moved into Alta on July 1, 1983. To this union they had one son, Thomas Earl, who was adopted on Feb. 27, 1954. Earl passed away in January of 1992. Thomas passed away in February of 1999.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl and son Thomas.

Left to cherish her memory are daughter-in-law, Sharyn Lange, Alta; grandchildren - Curtis and wife Teresa Waldo, Nemaha; Christopher and wife LeAnn Waldo, Le Mars; and Stephanie and husband Robbie Abbas, Chicago, Ill.; and Hope Pusateri and fiancé Eric Thuemmel, Chicago, Ill.; 10 great-grandchildren - Maya, Eddy, Edson, Dolly, Jaden, Christian, Ava, Adriana, Brendon and Jack.

Ruth Hamilton

April 12, 1898 - Jan. 18, 2008

Ruth Jensen Hamilton, 109, Orlando, Fla., formerly of Alta, died on Jan. 18, 2008.

Services will be held at a later date. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth J. Hamilton was born on April 12, 1898 in Alta to Peters and Hulda Jensen. She married Carter Hamilton, a physician, in 1920. An adopted son, Peters, died in 2005 in Florida.

Ruth served as state representative for Claremont in New Hampshire in 1940, as the first woman in the state's legislature. After graduation from Alta High School in 1916 and from Iowa State Teachers College, she became a teacher, her life's work. She traveled to many countries and was widely known as a radio broadcaster and lecturer.

She is survived by a niece, Roalda Jensen Alderman, Wheaton, Ill.; and second cousins: Geneva Kindwall Laurence, South Pasadena, Calif.; Vivian Kindwall Hansen, Storm Lake; and Elaine Wigg Walsh, Phoenix, Ariz.



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