Fredonna Mae Humphrey Elton died on August 2, 2007 at her home in Davis, CA. where she lived with her daughter and grandchildren.
She was born to Fred and Jessie Humphrey in Phillips, NE on April 22, 1918. She spent most of her childhood growing up on a farm near Clarinda, Iowa. She was a child during the Great Depression but stated she never experienced poverty because living on a farm she had everything she needed. She remembered her mother feeding hungry strangers at the family dinner table.
She received her degree in nursing from Research Hospital in Kansas City, MO. In May of 1941 she and some friends joined the Army Nurse Corp to see the world and several months later she was in the middle of World War II. She was a 1st Lieutenant and served in Australia and New Guinea. After the war she was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA. Leaving active duty she remained in the reserves until 1952. She attended the University of Minnesota on the GI Bill and obtained a Bachelor of Science in public health. In 1951 she married Robert Elton and they had two children, Robin and Jeffrey.
For most of her career she was a public health nurse and school nurse. She was hired by Dr. Charles Varner to be the first school nurse of the new Southeast Polk Community school district. She authored health policy for public schools at the state level and implemented health policy for the school district. She served as president of the Southeast Polk Teachers Association and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was loved by students and teachers for her kind and compassionate demeanor. She helped many students and families in the district and promoted the nursing profession.
She is survived by her daughter Robin Elton Robinson of Davis, CA, son Jeffrey Elton, Des Moines, IA, nephew Dr. Michael Humphrey, Reno NV, granddaughter Jessica Cox, Los Angeles CA, grandsons: Andrew Elton, Thomas Robinson and William Robinson and many cousins and life long friends.
Fredonna and her family wish to thank Yolo Hospice, Jan McMahon, Kim Bell, Lillian Hull and Elizabeth Elton for their loving care.
Mothers and grandmothers hold our tiny hands for just a little while but our hearts forever. We were fortunate to have had such a loving and gracious mother and grandmother. Her life was one of service to others and she will live on in our hearts.
She will be buried next to her parents in Kansas City, MO. A memorial service is being planned in September at Ivy Centennial Methodist Church in Altoona, Iowa the date to be announced. Charitable contributions may be made in her name to Yolo Hospice, the American Cancer society, the Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars or Ivy Centennial Methodist Church.