May 5, 1925-April 29, 2016
A graveside service for Erma Pearl (Lopp) Allison will be held Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the cemetery in Basin. Erma, 90, died April 29, 2016, at Gables Assisted Living Center, Idaho Falls, Idaho, just one week before her 91st birthday.
Erma was the youngest of six children, born May 5, 1925 in Urbana, Mo., to Joseph Warren and Faye (Bower) Lopp. The family farmed in Missouri; they left during the dust bowl era and moved to Wyoming to farm in the Big Horn Basin. Erma attended schools in Worland and Manderson and graduated from Manderson High School in 1943.
She married her high school sweetheart, Rex D. Allison June 26, 1943, in Billings. During WWII while Rex was in the U.S. Army Aircorp, Erma worked in an airplane factory to support the war effort, assembling the Norden bomb sight.
After the war, Rex and Erma made their home on Orchard Bench Road, Basin, and purchased the Allison family farm in 1955. They were partners; Rex operated a heavy equipment business, doing land leveling and earth moving; Erma managed the farm and did a lot of the farm work. She was a master irrigator and farm equipment operator. The only thing she didn’t run was the combine, because she was allergic to grain. They raised cattle as well. Erma loved the animals and called the little ones her “babies.” Erma and Rex were married 43 years until Rex’s death on Aug. 19, 1986, at age 61. Erma continued to run the farm with her son, Tim, until a disabling stroke forced her to slow down.
Rex and Erma had two sons, Gerry Tim and Chris Merrill Allison. They were raised and worked on the farm and both graduated from the University of Wyoming with degrees in Engineering. Education was really important to Erma, and she pushed higher education. After college, Tim returned to work on the farm with Erma. After Erma’s stroke, Tim returned to school and graduated as a registered nurse, and took great care of Erma until her failing health forced to her to leave her home on the farm.
Erma is survived by her two sons and their wives, Corliss and Peggy; five grandchildren, Brian, Kirsten, Traci, Katherine (Katie), and Nathan; and four great grandchildren, Genika, Shay, Kayla, and Tristen.