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October 14, 1916 - August 12, 2014
Ethel Darline (Stanton) Chitwood, 97 of Nampa, passed away on August 12, 2014. She was currently a resident at Streamside Assisted Living in Nampa.
Ethel was born October 14, 1916 to Willis and Fay Stanton on a farm northeast of Nampa. Ten years of her youth was spent in Texas where she graduated from Lytle, Texas High School at the age of 16. She and her family moved back to the Nampa area in 1934 where she remained until her death.
She married Ralph Chitwood on January 1, 1937. They farmed in local communities with many years living in the Deer Flat/Scism area until 1958 when they purchased and operated Ralph's Reed and Bell Root Beer Drive-in.
She sold Avon in a rural area for several years, and was employed as an assistant librarian at Nampa High School for 16 years, retiring in 1989 so she and Ralph could camp and travel more frequently in their motor home. Ralph died December, 2003.
Ethel had been active in the Nampa First United Methodist Church, the Nampa Civic Center, the Early Morning Gardeners, and a bridge group of friends. She enjoyed reading, sewing and doing handwork for the Church Christmas bazaar. Highlights of her life were family get-togethers, lunching with friends and playing bridge. Her family and friends will greatly miss her cheery, loving personality.
Ethel is survived by daughter Betty (Jim) Erberich, Cambridge, Idaho, sons Wilbur (Carol) Chitwood and Robert (Kay) Chitwood, Nampa, 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and several special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, three sisters, two great-grandsons, and one great-great granddaughter.
Visitation and viewing will be at Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, 2717 12th Ave. Rd., Nampa. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Nampa, or to
The family wishes to thank the staff at Streamside Assisted Living for providing her with a safe, loving environment for the past 4 years.
Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel
415 12th Avenue South Nampa, ID 83651
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 17, 2014