Erma Whitten

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Erma Fae Whitten
4/16/1927 - 10/19/2016
Erma Fae Whitten, 89, of Nampa, ID, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. She has departed her temporary home for a life of eternity with her Heavenly Father. Erma was born April 16, 1927 and slipped Earth's bonds on October 19, 2016. Born to Bryan and Nettie Doramus Peirsol in Melba, Idaho, she was the second of eight children. She was raised and educated in Melba on the family farm. As a young woman, she went to work at Mountain Bell telephone in Boise, Idaho, hoping to buy a car. Instead of a car, a dashing young soldier stole her heart. She married Paul Whitten, a young widower with a young boy to raise on his own. Erma loved him and raised him as her own.
To the union of Paul and Erma, four daughters were born. Linda (Rick Dittenber), Cheryl (Mack Lopez), Paula Whitten and Brenda (Dan Burch dec.) were all raised in a happy God-fearing home on West Flamingo in Nampa. Erma worked at Birdseye Foods as a lead-lady and made many lifelong friendships. She also worked with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, volunteering, served her church, but most of her loving energies over the years were devoted to raising children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never missed a dance recital, soccer game, basketball tournament, or activity. Even after she lost much of her eyesight and could no longer see the children dance or play, she went to support, and show her love for them. She loved to travel and despite counsel of children and grandchildren to be cautious; she dipped her toes in the Atlantic Ocean, visited family in various states and went on many trips with family in her last years.
She was the keeper of photographs, ticket stubs, graduation programs, and everything was neatly in albums. She was a mender of souls and every member of her family sought advice from her, when no other advice would suffice. She never failed anyone with her wisdom. She was a mental rolodex of family information and until her last days could recite birthdays and anniversaries of distant cousins' children and grandchildren. To the end her mind was sharp and her sense of humor intact. Her body simply got tired.
In heaven, she is joined by her sweetheart, Paul, her parents, siblings Homer, Velda, Velma, Gene and son Richard. She leaves behind her four daughters, seven grandchildren, and twenty-one great grandchildren (with one on the way), most of whom were by her side in her final days. She is also survived by her siblings Robert (Virginia) Peirsol, George (Linda) Peirsol, Colene (Bob) Warren, numerous nieces, nephews, a loving church family at Christian Faith Center and many lifelong friends.
Erma was a wonderful woman, loved by all. Her life was a testament to unconditional love. Even in her final hours, her focus was not her broken body, but on professing the love of Jesus. In her last moments on Earth her message of love and hope in Christ was so important that she instructed it be shared with the world. Erma may not be with us in the physical form, but her memory with live in us forever.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10:00am at the Christian Faith Center, 31 S Midland Blvd, Nampa. Services are under the direction and care of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 466-3545

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2, 2016