Lucy M. Thinnes Flahiff
25 October, 1910 - 14 January, 1993
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Vigil services for Lucy M. Flahiff, 82, of Caldwell, who died
Thursday, January 14, 1993, at her home, will be held at 7:30
p.m. Monday, January 18, 1993, at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel,
Caldwell. Father Richard Haldane will officiate. A
funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January
19, 1993, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caldwell.
Father Raul Covarrubias will officiate. Interment will
follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Nampa.
Lucy M. Flahiff was born October 25, 1910 on the family
homestead on the prairie at Rock Lake, North Dakota, a
daughter of Nicholas and Mathilda F. A. Behnendorf Thinnes.
She came to Nampa with her family in 1918 where she attended
elementary schools and graduated from Nampa High School in
1930. She graduated from Mercy Hospital School of
Nursing in 1933, after which she did special duty nursing and
was assistant nurse to Dr. Rodwell in obstetrics for several
She was married to Charles B. Flahiff on February 1, 1934 at
Nampa, where they located. They lived on the Flahiff
farm south of Nampa for several years and in 1945 they
purchased the Bucknum Funeral Home in Emmett where they
resided for eight years. Mrs. Flahiff graduated from the
San Francisco College of Mortuary Science with a Bachelor of
Mortuary Science degree in 1946 and she actively engaged in
that profession until her retirement in 1976. In 1952,
they came to Caldwell where they founded the Flahiff Funeral
Chapel in Caldwell and in Homedale in 1963.
Lucy was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Caldwell,
past president of the Catholic Womens' League, member of the
Catholic Daughters of America, Our Lady of Victory of Nampa; a
member of the Middleton Grange #6, Ponoma Grange #4, a
fifteen-year member of the Caldwell Public Library Board,
member of the Forward Club, a member of the Mercy Hospital
Alumni Association, past president of Soroptomist Club of
Caldwell, a charter member of the Mayors Committee on hiring
the handicapped and older workers and for a time was the
chairman of the Canyon County Republican Central Committee.
She was also a member of the Credit Womens Breakfast Club,
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Laureate Delta Chapter, Idaho Funeral
Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association,
Good Sam Club, Caldwell Ramblers, chairman of the Mothers
March of Dimes for two consecutive years, and was active in
Civil Defense. Her interests were focused on community
activities and current events.
Survivors include her husband Charles of Caldwell; a son and
daughter-in-law Leonard C. and Karen L. Flahiff of Caldwell; a
grandson Bryan C. Flahiff of Homedale; a granddaughter, Erika
M. Flahiff and her friend, Evan of Boise; two
step-grandchildren, Brian and his wife Janet Starr of Caldwell
and Karrie and her husband John Knox of Mountain Home; four
step-great-grandchildren; two nephews, Ronald Sanford of
Hereford, Texas, and Richard Sanford of Los Angeles,
California; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in
death by her parents, one brother and three sisters.
The family suggests that memorials be made to a favorite
Friends may call today from 1 to 5 pm. and Monday from 9 a.m.
until 8 p.m. at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
Image below is a link to the
location of the
gravesite in Mt. Calvary cemetery.
Images contributed by Bonnie Dilworth
Lucy's headstone is located at number 13.
photo available upon request.
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