Elva May Ambrosek was born Jan. 4, 1945, to Melvin and Elva Hunter of Idaho Falls. Elva May was the youngest of five children with one brother and three sisters. As the youngest child, she had a special friendship with many of her nieces and nephews.
Elva May grew up in Idaho Falls on Holmes Avenue, where she had many adventures with her sister, Valene. During her teen years she worked at Woolworth's snack counter and the A&W drive-in where she met many people.
At the young age of 15, she lost her father and spent the following years with her mother prior to her marriage. She was a great support for her mother and provided loving care to her as she battled Alzheimer's disease in her later years.
Elva May graduated from Idaho Falls High School. Upon completing high school, she attended Ricks College for two years and eventually went to work for the INL. She was quite successful there, as it was there where she met the love of her life, Richard Ambrosek and began building a big and wonderful family. They were married May 2, 1969, at the home of her sister, Lorraine, in Ririe, Idaho, and they spent 45 wonderful years together. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple for time and eternity in February 1971. During the course of those 45 years, Mom had a love of handiwork, making many beautiful quilts and crocheted items for family, friends and those in need. Their married life began on Shasta Street in Idaho Falls, where they started their family with four children; the following two arrived after their move to the New Sweden Highway, where they spent the next 36 years.
Elva May had a gigantic heart and was active in supporting her children through their many school and church activities. She also actively served those in need as they came to her attention. She was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had many callings that she enjoyed. She enjoyed the associations and friendships that came with these callings. As her children grew and married, she was blessed with 16 grandchildren whom she loved dearly and who brought her a lot of joy. She was a friend to many and enjoyed visiting with her many friends.
On May 15, 2014, after having recently seen all of her family, Mom left us to join those members of her family who have preceded her in death: her parents, Melvin and Elva Hunter; her brother, Floyd Hunter; and her sister, Valene Foster.
She is survived by her husband, Richard G. Ambrosek; her six children, Christie Hunter (Greg) of Melba, Gary (Angie) of Nampa, Tiffnee Hurst (Scott) of Shelley, David of Berlin, Germany, James (Michelle) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Richard of Grace; 16 grandchildren; her sisters, Lorraine Simmons of Idaho Falls and Ruth (Kay) Schwartzman of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mom will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Woodville First Ward, 1555 N. 700 East in Shelley. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Tuesday before services at the church. Burial will be in Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.