Bertha Elizabeth "Pollie" Thueson
April 12, 1926 ~ March 13, 2014
Pollie Thueson, was born Bertha Elizabeth Parmenter, on April 12, 1926 in Lennox, Iowa. She passed away surrounded by loving family on March 13, 2014 in Boise. She was the daughter of Walter Curk and Mary Christena West Parmenter. She was the wife of Elwood G. Thueson and the mother of six children.
Pollie's family joined the LDS church in Iowa in the 1920s. The family came to Salmon, Idaho in 1932, seeking closer ties to their new faith. When Pollie was twelve, her mother died, leaving her the oldest girl with five other children still at home. She quickly assumed the role of housekeeper and cook, and helped raise her siblings.
Blessed with a keen mind, she found a way to continue her education after graduation from Leadore High School in 1944. She earned her way for three years at the College of Idaho, where she met and fell in love with her husband, Elwood. They were married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on September 9, 1947. Both graduated from BYU soon after.
Returning to Idaho, the couple farmed in south Canyon County for several years. She taught school in Kuna for a time and four sons would soon join the family. In 1958, Elwood left the farm and began a long career with the Farmer's Home Administration in Caldwell, Idaho. Subsequent promotions moved the family to Marsing, Rexburg, and Paul, Idaho, and eventually back to Boise. While living in Rexburg, they lost their youngest son, Brad, to a tragic accident. Their grief was assuaged somewhat by the later arrival of two daughters. Back in the Boise valley, Pollie also taught at Notus for a time. The family eventually also lived in the Washington D.C. area and in Littleton, Colorado before retirement brought them back to Boise.
Pollie was thrilled to learn that classes at BSU for folks over 60 were much less expensive, so after raising her family, she returned to BSU where she earned a second Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. She loved to paint, and her watercolors are treasured by those who own them. She always found time to serve others in church, neighborhood and civic endeavors, and blessed the lives of many with kindness. She served for a number of years in the Boise LDS Temple and held numerous callings in her church. Ill health proved a trial in her later years, but she kept her profound love, fighting spirit, sense of humor, and sweet feistiness to the end.
She was preceded in death by her parents, all but one of her nine siblings, and her beloved son Brad. She leaves behind her eternal sweetheart of 68 years and five living children; Gail and Marilyn Thueson of Boise, Greg and Sheri Thueson of Meridian, Drew and Brenda Thueson of Boise, Mary and Chris McCullough of Boise, and Ann and Brent Gibson of Provo, Utah. She also leaves a posterity of 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the LDS chapel located at 6032 North Five Mile Road (near Hewlett Packard). A viewing will be held on Sunday, March 16th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Relyea Funeral Chapel, and from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Monday at the church prior to the services. Interment will follow at the Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell.
Relyea Funeral Chapel
318 North Latah Street Boise, ID 83706
Published in Idaho Statesman from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2014