Elma Lucille Rowberry Call, 87, of San Rafael, CA, formerly of Idaho Falls, ID, died October 5, 1997 at her home in San Rafael, of cancer.
Born March 11, 1910 at Twin Falls, she was the daughter of Thomas Lee Rowberry and Bertha Sibbett Rowberry. She graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1928, where she lettered in basketball and track and was active in high school drama productions. As a college student during 1928-29 at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, she majored in drama and English, was a charter member of Chi Omega, a member of the Spurs, and was an accomplished leading actress in university productions.Offered a leadership role in a Washington, D.C. national organization for young women in athletics, she instead fell in love with and married Utah State Aggie's Quarterback, Joseph Grant Call, on March 20, 1930. Elma participated throughout her 67 year marriage to Joe, as a full business partner in the Utah-Idaho Chicken Hatchery, Broadway Loan & Finance Company, Joe Call Sporting Goods Store, and other business and civic endeavors in Idaho Falls. She found great joy for 15 years as a Pink Lady volunteer and served three of those years as president of the Idaho Falls LDS Hospital Auxiliary. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple in June 1965 and Elma labored faithfully in many church callings. She especially enjoyed being an ordinance worker in the Oakland, California LDS Temple.
Surviving are: her husband, Joseph G. Call, San Rafael, CA; son, Richard G. (wife, Mary Ellen) Call, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; daughters, Sharon Call, Stinson Beach, CA; Jolene C. Clayton, Salt Lake City, UT; sister, Valene Hansen, Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren: Ron (wife, Larraine) Clayton, Pocatello, ID; Jeff (wife, Tracey) Clayton, Omaha, NE; Kevin (wife, Laura) Clayton, Anaheim, CA; Richard (wife, Gissa) Clayton, Salt Lake City, UT; Carol (husband, Dan) Clayton-Watkiss, Washington, DC; Catherine Call, Alanna Call, both Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Lesli (husband, Greg) Walker, Laura (husband, David) Peters, Karen (husband, Michael) Anderson, all of Salt Lake City, UT; 16 great-grandchildren, two great great-grandchildren.
Funeral services Sat 2 p.m. at Wood Chapel of the Pines. The family will visit with friends Friday 7-8:30 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Saturday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 North Ridge, Idaho Falls, ID. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home. 208-522-2751 Fax 208-522-5413
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