Alva Whitehouse, 92, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, at Sterling Regional Medical Center. She and her twin sister, Alda, were born in Mt Olive, Illinois on September 18, 1921, the daughters of Theodore and Anna Whitehouse. They were the first two of three children. Alva and Alda were Registered Nurses and served in the United States Army during World War II. They worked in Mobile Army Field Hospitals (MASH units) behind the front lines in the 66th Field Hospital in Germany. At the end of the war they were assigned to nurse the survivors in Dachau Concentration Camp following their liberation by American troops. (April 1945)
After the war, Alva worked as a hospital nurse in St. Louis, Missouri and in Sterling, Colorado. Alva loved the mountains. She and her sister moved to Estes Park from Sterling upon their retirement from Logan County Hospital, now Sterling Regional Medical Center in 1985.
Alva was active in the Christian Women’s Club, the Estes Park Senior Center, the American Legion, and her church, Mt. Calvary. She is survived by her sisters, Alda of Sterling, Colorado and Pearl Hart of Arden, North Caroling, niece Denise Hart and nephew Danny Hart both of North Carolina.
Memorial services will be held on March 14, 2014 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Estes Park, Colorado at 11:00 am. Burial after cremation will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Estes Park American Legion in care of Allnutt Funeral service 1302 Graves Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Alva’s family.