Erma Olivia Baum

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Erma Olivia Baum

  • Birth 12 Jan 1918 Gering, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, USA
  • Death 31 Oct 2008 Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
  • Plot Mausoleum Chapel Sec 485 F
  • Memorial ID 84137550

Erma was born in Gering Nebraska to Carl and Elizabeth Sorensen. Erma was less than a year old when the family moved to Glendo, Wyoming. The family returned to North Denver when Erma was six where her father purchased a brickyard. While in high school she worked at Evalona Dairy. Erma graduated from Garden Home High School in North Denver in 1936. She was awarded a scholarship to any college she desired. She wanted to be a dietician but the bus fare was too expensive for her family so she went to work at S.H. Cress Dime store instead. She was working 6 days a week, 12 hours a day for $14 dollars a week. She was promoted to buyer in charge of window displays and towels.

She met her first husband, Pete Balderston at a dance at Elitch Gardens. They were married and had two children, Patricia and Bryan. Her son Bryan died at a young age. During WWII while her husband was away, Erma was a USO hostess at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Hospital. Erma separated from her first husband and raised Patricia by herself. She worked at the Department of Agriculture downtown and walked the 2 miles to work every day. She loved sewing clothes for herself and Patricia.

In 1968 she married Nathan Baum, a prominent Denver Attorney. They enjoyed traveling all over the world together and were among the first tourists to visit China. They flew to England on the Concord and returned to the US on the QEII. Erma especially loved visiting Denmark where her grandparents were from. She loved cooking and took classes on nutrition. She even learned to make her own yogurt. She spent many hours in the mountains and at the Denver Botanical Gardens. She brought her love of nature to her gardens at home. She loved dressing up to go to the theater and was often found on the society pages. She was a wonderful hostess and her dinner parties were always something to remember.

Erma made sure her two grand daughters received the education she was never able to complete. She was kind, generous and caring. Erma had a great sense of humor. We have many happy memories and she will never be far in the hearts and minds of those who love her. She was loved by all who met her and will be truly missed.

Respectfully submitted,
Fern Bray
Edited from Remember When™ Memorial folder, 2008


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  • Created by: Fern Bray
  • Added: 28 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84137550
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Erma Olivia Baum (12 Jan 1918–31 Oct 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84137550, citing Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Fern Bray (contributor 47160502) .