Silda "Sid" Eliza Covington, 94, longtime resident of Chico, Calif., died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Heritage Home in Rexburg.
She was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Hibbard, Idaho, to Ross B. and Esther Jane Covington. She was born in her grandmother's sod-roofed home. Silda's parents divorced soon after she wasborn and Esther married Leslie N. Robertson.
The family soon moved to Plano, Idaho, where she lived and attended school. She graduated from high school in Boise. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she worked many jobs.
With the outbreak of World War II, Sid joined the Navy (Waves) and served from April 29, 1943, to Nov. 12, 1945. When the war was over, she received an honorable discharge.
She then went on to receive a bachelor's degree in social welfare. She attended UC Berkeley and earned a master's degree in social work with specialization in family and children services. She received special scholarship for serving in rural areas and then began her career in Redding, Calif.
She accepted a position in Chico with the Children Homes Society. In her 23 years of service, she placed over 300 children in adoptive homes all over California.
After her retirement in 1981, she lived on her Chapman Town Properties, where she grew walnuts, ran a few head of cattle, grew a great garden and welcomed many relatives and friends.
Her travels were varied, including annual trips to Idaho for fishing and to attend family reunions, as well as taking a number of cruises.
She championed causes for the arts, women and children. A social welfare scholarship has been established in her name.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ross Lynn Covington, Joseph Knapp Covington, Dyle "Tobe" Robertson, Seth Robertson and Jack Covington; and a sister, Vida Lewis.
She is survived by a brother, Kent Robertson, and many nieces and nephews who loved her so much.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Plano Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg before going to the cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Madison County Veterans and Idaho Honor Guard.
The family thanks everyone at Heritage Home for the wonderful care and love that was given Aunt Sid. Also many thanks to Home Health and Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.flammfh.com.