Erma Lou McCulloch

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Erma Lou McCulloch

Erma Lou Nedrow McCulloch was born March 3, 1927, to Lela Catherine Waugh Nedrow and George W. Nedrow Sr. in Ora, Idaho. She died Saturday, July 28, 2012.
Erma Lou had four sisters, Florence Bowman, Phyllis Jenkins, Francis (Jonas) Janke and Etta Kay Westbrook and one brother, George Nedrow Jr.
Erma is survived by her two sisters Phyllis and Francis, and her brother, George Jr.; her two daughters, Lela Anne Newey and Terry DeLong, and a stepson, Mark McCulloch; seven grandchildren, Seanie, Xaidie, Robert, Sesha, Chris, Heidie and JJ, and three step-grandchildren, Jackielyn, Sheldon and Jennifer. She has 15 great-grandchildren, Parker, Paige, Addison, Michael, Jonathan, Kaleb, Issac, Hailey, Millicent, Mairghread, Muriel, Maxwell, Okes, Xander and Sophia Lela, and two step great-grandchildren, Malysa and Miquelle.
Erma Lou was raised at the Ora ranch by her big sisters, Florence, Phyllis and Francis, and her beloved parents, George and Lela Nedrow. Her best friends were, George and Etta Kay.
She attended a one room school located in Ora, at the "T" or the Corner until the end of her eighth grade.
Erma graduated from North Fremont High School in 1944, during the war years. She then attended Idaho State University. She would come home on the weekends when she had a "job" with a dance band playing the piano. Erma Lou began playing piano at age 9.
She married John Lee McCulloch from Rexburg, (Hibbard area), Nov. 16, 1946, and was sealed in Idaho Falls Temple June 9, 1965.
Mom was a voracious reader. History, English and teaching were her passions, however, her first loves were Dad, her family and music. She taught elementary grades in Rexburg, Teton, Marysville and Ashton, and ran the libraries in the Ashton Elementary and North Fremont High Schools. Some of Erma's hobbies were presenting the musical programs, and teaching all the kids dance and music. After they became "empty nesters," they loved snow machining, dancing, playing for dances, traveling, friends and family.
In 1950, John and Erma sold their dry farm in Clementsville and bought their farm in Ora, west of Ashton, Idaho, where they lived and raised their family and grandchildren.
Mom's musical abilities kept her very involved. She played for dances with various swing bands, accompanied many vocalists, as well as Sacrament and Sunday School and other types of gatherings, especially our family "get to-gethers." She loved to dance and so did dad, and they were dance directors in the ward and stake.
John and Erma Lou enjoyed going to Yuma, Ariz., for the winter months for 30 years.
They returned home full time in 2006 and stayed year-round. They enjoyed their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many friends and family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Ashton 1st Ward Chapel. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton, and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be in the Pineview Cemetery.

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Baxter Funeral Home - Ashton
717 Main Street P.O. Box 706
Ashton, ID 83420
(208) 652-3226
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Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Aug. 2, 2012