Erma Emiline Trent “Grandma”, 94, of Parma went to see heaven on February 15, 2018. She was born March 27, 1923 on a ditch bank in Notus, to Jim and Emiline Pritchard. She was the third child of four; Harvey, Robert “Dugan”, and Norma. Erma was raised in Roswell where she also attended school. During high school Erma and her sister Norma were both cheerleaders. This is when she met the love of her life, Fred Trent. After graduating from high school, Fred and Erma secretly eloped to Mountain Home, on May 7, 1942.
While Fred was in the Army, Erma attended Boise Business School. Her careers included the Experiment Station, Idaho Department Store, and Continental Telephone Company in Homedale, which she retired from after 20 plus years of managing the office.
Erma was a Beta Sigma Phi member and a Rebekah Lodge member. She held all offices in her local Parma Ruby Rebekah Lodge and then continued her membership in the Middleton Pansy Rebekah Lodge. She held office in 1978 as the President of the Idaho Rebekah Lodge. She truly enjoyed being a Rebekah and cherished the friendships made during her years of involvement.
A few of Erma’s favorite things were family gatherings, getting her hair done, shopping, her flowers, humming birds and eating out. Hamburgers, chocolate milkshakes and pie were the top of the food pyramid. Water was for cleaning and watering grass, not drinking. She loved telling stories of her childhood, the farm, square dancing, Bridge Club and her boys. Traveling was a highlight. From trips in the motor homes, the Grand Canyon, Disneyland, cruises, Hawaii and a lot more.
Erma is survived by her son Don Trent, wife Mary of Caldwell; daughter in law Linda Trent, of Parma; granddaughter Mechelle Brown, husband Eric of Nampa; grandson Nick Trent, wife Sammie of Boise; grandson James Trent, wife Katie of Glendale, AZ; grandson Drew Trent, wife Kaylee of Parma; great grandchildren Riley Brown and Jessica Brown (Mechelle) and Kendra Trent and Jordan Trent (James).
She was predeceased by her husband Fred Trent; son Bill Trent; parents Jim and Emiline Pritchard; brother Harvey Pritchard; brother Robert “Dugan” Pritchard; sister Norma Rose and many other family and friends.
Thank you to the following:
Dale and his staff at Springridge Assisted Living in Caldwell, ID for their care of Erma; First Choice Hospice for their care of Erma; Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church in Parma for their visits, cards and flowers; Rebekah members for their visits and cards; her family for their never ending love and support.
There will be a Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24th at Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church in Parma.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in memory of Erma Trent to My360Project at www.my360project.com/give; or to Huntsman Cancer Institute at www.donate.huntsmancancer.org.