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Information for Ada M. Klefman Cook Yarber
2 January, 1903 – 26 February, 1996
From the Idaho Press-Tribune,
dated Tuesday, February 27, 1996
Contributed by Becky Nelson


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Ada Yarber

      Ada M. Cook Yarber, 93, of Melba, died Monday, February 26, 1996, at a Nampa hospital.  Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, 1996, at the Melba Community Baptist Church.  Rev. Russell Steiner, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Melba Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
     Ada M. Cook Yarber, the eldest of six children, was born on January 2, 1903, at Cumberland, Iowa, to Fred and Flora Belle Michaels Klefman.  At a young age she moved to Nebraska with her family where she was reared and attended schools.  She married Burt Cook on May 23, 1925, in Burwell, Nebraska.  They were the parents of five children and lived on the family farm in Nebraska where Madge was born.  Burt had the urge to pioneer, so they moved to Hardin, Montana, where Maxine was born.  They then moved to Meridian, where they purchased a farm on North Ten Mile.  There, Mary Jane, Larry and Lee were born.
     In 1935 Burt and Ada purchased the farm in the Glendale Valley, where they would raise their children, and begin a life of community involvement that would span 35 years and over 50 years for Ada.
     Ada earned Fifty Year pins in the Rebekah Lodge, the Walter’s Butte Grange, and the American Legion Auxiliary.  She was active in the Glendale grade school P.T.A., and organized a high school P.T.A. in the late ‘40s.  During the war, she organized a group under the American Red Cross to roll bandages for the war effort.  With the kids in tow, she and Burt went to the dump grounds in the sagebrush, and gathered metal for the war effort.
     In 1955, at the death of Maxine, she was thrown into the midst of a rejuvenation of the local cemetery.  Through her efforts, it became a Grange project, and they received an award from the National Grange for that community project.  As state Poppy Chairman for the American Legion Auxiliary, she drove her old blue pickup to the Veteran’s Hospital in Boise every week for 2 years, to teach the veterans to make poppies.  She held various offices in the Grange, the Auxiliary, the Rebekah Lodge, the Royal Neighbors of America, and belonged to the Merry Janes Extension Club.  She and Burt liked to dance and play pinochle, and spent many happy years square dancing.  She enjoyed a long association with the Baptist Church in Melba.
     In 1969 they sold the farm and moved to the corner of Southside Blvd. and Melba Rd., and she would call it Ada’s corner as long as she lived.  Burt died in August 1970.  She married Grant Yarber on her 67th birthday, January 2, 1970.  They lived on Ada’s corner until his death in 1980.  She has since lived in the Heritage and Valley Plaza in Nampa.
     Ada is survived by 4 children and their spouses, Madge and Clark Wylie and Lee and Jeanette Cook, all of Melba, Mary Jane and Carl Winterfeld of Portland, Oregon, Larry and Carole Cook of Kirkland, Washington; 1 sister, Elsa Kenison of Escondido, California; 1 stepson, Bill Yarber of California; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews; step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
     Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter, Maxine Paesl, 2 grandsons, Todd Cook and Warren Wylie, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
     Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel today until 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

     The family suggests memorial contributions to the Melba Quick Response Unit, P.O. Box 189, Melba, Idaho  83641; a favorite charity; or flowers may be sent.