|Birth: ||Apr. 14, 1921|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 2010|
Elma Ruth Taylor Clark Draper, 88, of Meridian passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise.
Elma was born April 14, 1921 in Independence, Idaho to Lorin Ray Taylor and Susan Clarissa Curtis Taylor.
Elma was raised in the Lewisville/Rigby, Idaho area on her father's farm. Elma attended the local schools, graduating from Midway High School in 1939. She then attended a business college in Salt Lake City. When she returned to Eastern Idaho she worked for Mountain Bell Telephone as a long distance operator. She was working on December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. In January 1943 Elma married Dean L. Clark in Idaho Falls. They moved to Boise as Dean worked on construction at Mountain Home Air Force Base. After the war they returned to Lewisville and bought a home. Dean and Elma had two children, Dayne and Trena. In June of 1952 Dean died unexpectedly. After a year of sorrow and struggles, the country girl decided to move to the city. Elma packed up her children and returned to Boise after securing a transfer to another job with Mountain Bell. Elma believed in putting your shoulder to the wheel and pushing on with your life. She did just that making a good home for her children. In May 1959 Elma married Wesley Albert Draper. They melded two families together. Many wonderful years were spent boating, water skiing, fishing, camping, riding horses, and traveling with the Ada County Sheriff's Posse. Elma was a member of the Western Riding Club and the Five Mile Extension Club. She was very proud of her pioneer heritage and being a Daughter of Utah Pioneers. After retiring in 1983 Elma continued her usual involvement as well as enjoying the time that she had for her creative endeavors including making photo albums, biographical books for her grandchildren, jewelry holders, individually designed denim Christmas stockings and other crafts. Elma believed strongly in family and keeping close to them. She continually kept in touch with everyone. In 1992 she planned a family reunion for all the descendants of her Grandparents, Joseph and Nancy Taylor. There were almost 500 relatives in attendance. Between 1992 and 2008 she helped plan, gave advice and attended several other family gatherings. She loved these family times. She started a Taylor Family Gazette; gathering stories from family members, editing, publishing and mailing it to everyone. Elma kept in touch with her friends, too. She would call friends to say, "Hello" as well as planning a time for friends to enjoy one another. Her last big event was in 2006. Elma organized a reunion for everyone who had participated in the Ada County Sheriff's Posse when Wes and she were involved. Forty plus friends had a great time reminiscing and catching up with each other's lives. She loved to travel. Visiting her children in Alaska was a favorite trip. Elma looked forward to traveling to California every Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with her niece and nephew and their families. She had the opportunity to visit many places at home and abroad. She was an optimistic, glass half-full person. She knew she had a great life and was thankful for her wonderful life filled with her great family and friends. Elma is survived by her son, Dayne Clark and wife Brenda Parnell of Soldotna, AK, and daughter, Trena Richardson of Soldotna, AK; 7 grandchildren, Travis Richardson and wife, Megan, Cortney Dennis and husband, Leon, Patrick Pozzi, Becki Ross and family, Ben Hodges and family, Chris Hodges and family, Rick Cording and family; niece, Marcia Thomson and family, nephews, Ron Galbraith and family, Laird Taylor and family, and Larry Taylor and family, She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Elma has many very special friends, especially her neighbors, Deb and Bob Middleton who daily care made it possible for her to stay in her home. Elma was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Lionel and Curtis, infant sister, Helen, sister, Gertrude Galbraith, spouses Dean Clark and Wes Draper, and stepdaughters, Maxine Cording and Denise Hodges. A visitation will be from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Monday, February 22, 2010, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM at Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home in Meridian.
Burial will follow at Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise, Idaho.
Please visit Elma's online guestbook at www.chapel-of-the-chimes.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Building Fund at 33955 Community College Dr., Soldotna, AK 99669, or the Idaho Ronald McDonald House, 101 Warm Springs, Boise, ID, 83712.
Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Trena Richardson, PO Box 2278, Soldotna, AK, 99669.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home, 105 E. Carlton Ave. Meridian, ID 83642; 888-4454.
Published in Idaho Statesman on February 20, 2010
Lorin Ray Taylor (1887 - 1959)
Susan Clarissa Curtis Taylor (1888 - 1927)
Dean L. Clark (1922 - 1952)
Wesley A Draper (1912 - 2002)
Gertrude Taylor Galbraith (1912 - 1959)*
Lionell Gale Taylor (1915 - 1924)*
Helen Taylor (1917 - 1918)*
Elma Ruth Taylor Clark Draper (1921 - 2010)
Dry Creek Cemetery
Created by: Sheryl
Record added: Feb 20, 2010
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