|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1906|
Santa Cruz County
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 2004|
The Modesto Bee, Online Edition. Obituary - Emma M. Iversen, Sept 3, 1906 - June 22, 2004.
Emma M. Iversen, 97, of Modesto passed away peacefully Tuesday at Casa De Modesto. Emma was born in the Santa Cruz mountain village of Laurel, CA to Willis R. & Caroline Waterman. Later, at the age of 3, moved with her family to Modesto, attending local schools and graduating from Modesto High School in 1924. Her ancestry can be traced to several well known early New England families that included Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Charles Waterman who was an Aide-De-Camp to General George Washington. Emma's great-grandparents were 49'er Argonauts with the Jefferson Hunt party that pioneered the first covered wagon crossing by way of the Santa Fe through the San Bernardino Mountains. They later helped to settle San Bernardino, Los Angeles & Santa Cruz, serving in a variety of capacities such as postmaster, newspaper publisher, judge, farmer, and public benefactor. Emma's grandparents helped to settle the Santa Cruz mountains where they owned a lumber mill, vineyard, fruit farm and started the first mountain school in the village of Glenwood. Her maternal German grandfather is credited with assisting in the design and building of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. In 1930, she married Emery C. Iversen, whose job with Safeway took them to Newman, Fresno & Fowler, before moving back to Modesto in 1936, to operate the family dairy in the Wood Colony area. She was the first leader of the Wood Colony Girls 4-H Club. Later Emma worked in the dietary department of City Hospital for several years before working at Doctor's Medical Hospital as manager of the salad department, when they first opened in 1962. She retired after 20 years of service. She was participant in community affairs that include being an active member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Stanislaus County 50+ Club, Lodge #675 Masonic Widows, and supported Heifer Project International. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and being with her family. She is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-laws: Beverly and Ronald Kellogg, Patricia and Ronald Sinclair, both of Modesto, and Barbara and Robert Valenti of Orangevale, nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emery C. Iversen; and daughter Caroline Iversen. A memorial service will be at 2:00 pm Friday at First United Methodist Church. Visitation is from 7 to 9 pm Thursday at the Colonial Chapel of Franklin & Downs. Remembrances may be made to First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St. Modesto, 95354; Heifer Project International, 3906 Don Pedro Rd. Ceres 95308; Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
Willis Raymond Waterman (1878 - 1960)
Caroline Goertz Waterman (1874 - 1968)
Emery Carl Iversen (1909 - 1973)
Lakewood Memorial Park
Created by: EEdin
Record added: May 25, 2011
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