Shirley Wallace, 78, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at the Salubria Assisted Living in Cambridge, Idaho, due to Alzheimers.
Shirley Ellen was born Feb. 1, 1935, to Milton and Ellen West Branch, descendants of Middle Valley pioneers. Shirley grew up on the family ranch east of Midvale, Idaho, in the Hog Creek/Crane Creek area. Grade school years were spent in the Sweet Home School near her home. When she started school, she could already read so she skipped first grade. She graduated from Midvale High School in 1952. In December of that year she married Wayne Seid also of Midvale. They had three children; Norma, Jeff and Bill. They later divorced.
Shirley always raised a nice garden, canned food, sewed for her and her family, decorated cakes, was a 4-H leader and was an excellent cook. That interest and expertise in cooking became her career as a restaurant cook in restaurants in Cambridge, Montour, Emmett, Horseshoe Bend and Ola.
On Aug. 13, 1976, Shirley married Charles E Wallace of Ola. They purchased a small ranch in Ola and Charlie worked in the logging industry. Besides being a logger's wife, she continued to work as a cook.
Shirley liked people and never met a stranger. She was active in the community. Her family was always first in her life and she loved spending time with grandchildren. She always made Easter and Christmas very special for her children and grandchildren.
Shirley is survived by her husband Charlie Wallace of Ola; her children, Norma (Perk) Rose of Midvale, Jeff Seid of Grangeville, Idaho and Bill (Terrie) of Kuna, Idaho; grandchildren Leslie (Dustin) Michaelson, Paul (Cassidy) Rose, Tyler (Savannah) Rose, Brandi (Chad) Ray, Allie Jo Seid, Trevor Seid, Walker (Emily) Seid and Andrew (Stefanie) Seid and nine great-grandchildren; brother Weldon (Irene) Branch, sisters Lois (Vernon) Sutton, Doris (Tom) Wakefield all of Midvale; sisters-in-law, Erma Harvey and Nancy Wallace of Boise, Idaho and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services will be Saturday Feb. 1, 2014, in Cambridge at the Washington County Fairground Exhibit Hall at 10:30 a.m., followed by a lunch. The family and those who wish to will leave around 1 p.m. to travel to Ola for a second service starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Community Hall, followed by a dinner.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Salubria Center at 355 S. Jennifer St., Cambridge, ID 83610 or to the Ola Ladies Club, Box 54, Ola, ID 83657.
The family would like to thank Jennifer Neider and the staff at the Salubria Center for their loving care as well as Heart n Home Hospice.