Elva Ward (1918 - 2014)

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Elva Mae Ward
June 5, 1918 - December 25, 2014
Elva Mae Ward passed away December 25, 2014 at Jullion House in Boise, Idaho. She was born June 5, 1918 in Orton, Alberta, Canada to Arthur Derricott Orr and Mary Ethel (Von Reding) Orr. The family moved to Egin, Idaho in her early years. She attended High School in Sugar City, Idaho.
Elva cooked for ranch hands and thrashing crews and was famous for her cooking ability by all who knew her. She often found unknown guests at her table and all were welcomed. Her family often asked her to write down her recipes to pass along to others. She said to "watch and make your own notes" as she did not cook by recipes, but used "pinches and smidgeons". She was also a superb seamstress and made many beautiful outfits for her grandchildren.
Elva married Vernon G. Ward in Rexburg, Idaho on September 4, 1936. They moved to Caldwell, Idaho in 1942 where they raised their family. She became a naturalized American citizen in August of 1950. During the War II, Elva drove a taxi. In later years, she worked for Kit Mfg and the J.R. Simplot Co.
She and Vernon loved to dance. They attended several family reunions in Canada and Idaho. They enjoyed vacationing in their RV's, fishing, hunting, and visiting family and friends before retiring to Adrian, Oregon. They were married 75 years and two weeks. Vernon passed away two weeks following their 75th anniversary.
She is survived by her two sisters: Bertha Kemp of Murray, UT and Mable Sandall of Pahrump, NV: Children; Virginia Mae Hill (Carl Lee) of Adrian, OR, Larry Ward (Kathy) of Pahrump, NV, and Dennis Ward (LaLonnie) of Great Falls, MT; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Arthur and Mary Ethel Orr; two brothers, Earl Orr, and Lauchie Orr; her husband, Vernon Ward; son, Rex Ward; and great-granddaughter, Madison LeAnne Seuell.
Per her request, there will be no services. Internment will be in Caldwell, Idaho.
Memorials may be made to the .

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 30, 2014