Ella Turco

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Ella Martha Turco
1919 - 2017
Ella Martha Heide Turco, 97, of Caldwell, affectionately known to many as "Miss Ella", passed peacefully away March 6, 2017 in Caldwell, Idaho surrounded by her family. Graveside services to honor and celebrate her life will be held Thursday March 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Canyon Hill Cemetery,Caldwell, services are with Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. A gathering will follow at Caldwell Elks where everyone is invited to love, laugh and share stories.
She was born March 30, 1919 to Edward F. M. Heide and Christine Soenksen Heide on the family farm near Circle, Montana. She was the youngest of 7 children. After graduating from Glendive High School in 1936, she went to Business College in Great Falls, Montana and worked her way through by working in Mrs. Olsen's boarding house and that is where she met Robert "Bob" Turco the love of her life. They were married on March 31, 1939. Before and after they were married they played tennis and badminton. Ella won the women's doubles for Montana in tennis in 1942. In later years Ella could be found watching tennis on TV no matter what time it was being played. In 1942 they moved to Fargo North Dakota where two daughters, Phyllis Heide and Linda Elizabeth "Liz" and a son, Thomas Neal "Tom", were born. The family moved several times from Hillsboro, N.D, to Billings, Mt. to Caldwell, Id and finally moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1959. Ella and Bob lived in Idaho Falls until April 1998. At that time the three kids had all settled down in the Treasure Valley in Idaho so Ella and Bob returned to Caldwell after 39 years in Idaho Falls.
Ella was a homemaker and loved it but when "Liz", the youngest, was a freshman in high school she went to work. She always had wonderful baked goodies whenever anyone came "home". She retired after spending 17 years working at Stoddard-Mead Ford in Idaho Falls.
After she and Bob retired in 1983 they bought a motor home for traveling and sightseeing. They took their boat and motor home and went to Palisades Reservoir to fish as often as they could since it was only an hour away from their home. They also enjoyed changing off cooking the meals. It was always a pleasure to visit their home for very interesting and great meals. There is nothing like Ella's sticky rolls and fresh buns.
Ella loved life and was affectionately known by many as "Miss Ella". Bring out a deck of cards or a board game and you couldn't get rid of her. Ella and Bob both enjoyed playing a game of Bridge. When she returned to the Caldwell area she immediately started looking for Bridge partners. Everyone knew not to schedule anything on Thursday because that was her Bridge day. So it is fitting that we honor her on Thursday at the Elks where she spent many hours playing Bridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob on May 30, 1998, Father, Mother, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.
Surviving are her children - Phyllis Turco (Hal Overman) Huston, ID; Tom Turco (Margaret) Boise, ID; Liz Turco (Jim Lucas) Pahrump, NV. Grandsons - Brock Dolman (Kerry Brady) Occidental, CA; Dirk Dolman Caldwell, ID; great friend-almost daughter - Jeanne Joiner Caldwell, ID; Granddaughter - Heide Turco Devore (Bryon) Boise, ID. Great-Grandchildren - Wes Dolman Caldwell, ID; Heather Dolman, Newark, OH; Racheal Devore Osotsi, Boise, ID; Nathan Devore Boise, ID. Great-Great-Grandchildren - Ivy Dolman, Newark, OH; Stormy Dolman, Newark, OH; Dereck Osotsi, Boise, ID. She is also survived by several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Scott & Janet Bressler and staff for their many years of love and excellent care. They also would like to thank the staff at Autumn Winds Assisted living where she spent the past 11 months enjoying her apartment, all the new friends she made and fun-filled entertaining days. We want to express our deep appreciation to the West Valley Medical Center Staff - Dr. Slade, Dr. Allen, all the RNs and CNAs that helped her and her family through this very difficult time.
She gave us all great life lessons of positive thinking (always), a large smile for everyone, never to say a bad thing about anyone and no whining or sniveling.
She leaves a very large hole in many lives, but we all plan to fill it with memories of love, hugs, laughter, games and examples on how to live life to the fullest.
She is quoted as saying "Whatever you do enjoy yourself while on this earth. I sure did" Condolences may be given at www.Flahifffuneralchapel.com.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 8, 2017