Thama Larsen <I>Pugmire</I> Brown

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Thama Larsen Pugmire Brown

  • Birth 17 Dec 1917 Rigby, Jefferson County, Idaho, USA
  • Death 8 Nov 1997 Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
  • Burial Montpelier, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA
  • Memorial ID 67564034

Thama was born 17 December 1917 in Rigby, Jefferson, Idaho to Ephraim (Red) Larsen and Irene Pearl [Call] Larsen. She was the first daughter and 2nd of the 8 children born to Eph and Irene and first grandaughter for the Call grandparents. Her siblings are: Calvin Ephraim Larsen (1916-1992), Mathew Eric Larsen (1919-1987), Ross Call Larsen (1922-1997), Dorothy [Larsen] Rowland (1924-2013), Ardith Larsen (1926-1928), DeEsta [Larsen] Windley Rousey (1928-) and Shirley [Larsen] Salvesen (1931-). In 1925, Ephraim and Irene moved their family to Ririe, Idaho where Eph opened up his own barber shop. Thama grew up in the small town and attended schools there. On 6 July 1934 she married Donal Lawrence Pugmire in Rexburg, Madison, Idaho. They were the parents of 4 sons; Reed, Rex, Terry & Stephen. She and Donal were divorced. She later married Thomas C. Brown on 5 March 1959. She and Tom enjoyed traveling all over the world until his death in 1969. While living in Boise, Thama was always very active in civic and political events. On 26 June 1975 she married Richard Harry Brown, a nephew of Tom's. Richard also preceded her in death. Thama passed away 8 November 1997 in Boise, Idaho and was buried in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho next to her 3rd husband Richard.

The following is taken from a letter written to Thama by her mother Irene Pearl Call Larsen-dated February 8, 1964.

Dear Thama,
You were born Dec. 17th, 1917 in Rigby, Idaho. You were the first one born in our new house we were living in. On the 16th, Mrs. Bertha Hoyle & "String" came to see us. We were talking about the earth tremor that we had a few days before that shook the Jackson Dam & made a crack in it. They had chicken dinner with us. We went out beside the house and picked ? about 5 inches high. It had been so warm and no snow. You were born the next morning at 1:45 a.m. The Dr. was H.A. Anderson who delivered you. My mother was with the doctor at the time of your birth. She was sure thrilled to think you was a girl after having so many boys in the family. My father came in soon after and he said I was counting on my fingers that this would be the 9th grandson. So, it is a girl. Oh, I am so glad. So that day he went out to the dry farm and told the news and they said, "We take off our hats to Irene, good for her." They were all so happy. My sister Lavina ran all over the neighborhood telling the news about our little baby girl, how cute and sweet she was. People kidded me and said, "So, you have got you a little queen, have you?"When you were about 5 days old, Bash L. Bennett came to see you and asked what we were going to name you. I told him I wanted to call you Nola. He made out a birth certificate and sent it in to the state. Before we got around to having you blessed, your dad was reading a book and he said "I've got another name for her." We are going to name her Thama. I asked him where he got the name and he said, I just made it up. I've been reading a book about the beautiful Thames River in England and her name is going to be Thama. I told him that we had already sent her name to be registered in Boise. He said, I don't care if we did, that is going to be her name. So, we had you blessed in church by the name of Thama.


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  • Created by: Simmons Family
  • Added: 28 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67564034
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thama Larsen Pugmire Brown (17 Dec 1917–8 Nov 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67564034, citing Montpelier City Cemetery, Montpelier, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Simmons Family (contributor 47450990) .