Alva Whitehouse, 92, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Sterling Regional Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Devonshire Acres, 1330 N. Sidney Ave., Sterling. Burial after cremation will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver.
She and her twin sister, Alda, were born in Mt Olive, Ill., on Sept. 18, 1921, the daughters of Theodore and Anna Whitehouse. They were the first two of three children. Alva and Alda were registered nurses and served in the United States Army during World War II. They worked in Mobile Army Field Hospitals (MASH units) behind the front lines in the 66th Field Hospital in Germany. At the end of the war they were assigned to nurse the survivors in Dachau Concentration Camp following their liberation by American troops in April 1945.
After the war, Alva worked as a hospital nurse in St. Louis, Mo., and in Sterling. Alva loved the mountains. She and her sister moved to Estes Park from Sterling upon their retirement from Logan County Hospital, now Sterling Regional Medical Center, in 1985.
Alva was active in the Christian Women's Club, the Estes Park Senior Center, the American Legion, and her church, Mt. Calvary. She is survived by her sisters, Alda of Sterling and Pearl Hart of Arden, N.C.; niece, Denise Hart and nephew, Danny Hart, both of North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Estes Park American Legion in care of Allnutt Funeral service 1302 Graves Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Alva's family.
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