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Lucy M. Thinnes Flahiff
25 October, 1910 - 14 January, 1993

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Lucy Flahiff

    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 years.
    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 charity.
    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.


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Lucy's headstone is located at number 13.


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