Elizabeth Alta Martin Rouse


January 23, 1912 ~ March 19, 2010

Elizabeth was born in Twin Bridges, Montana, January 23, 1912 to James L. Martin and Jesse Redfield Martin. She had an older brother, Elno, and two younger sisters, Merle and Gladys. Elizabeth graduated from Mount Ellis Academy in the class of 1929. At Mt. Ellis she met the love of her life, Clifford Rouse whom she married Thanksgiving day of 1931. They had three boys, Lester, Charles and David, that they raised while Clifford was an ordained minister with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They served in the central California, Arizona and Upper Columbia conferences of that church. Elizabeth was the minister's wife back when that was a full time occupation. She enjoyed her role whether it was to comfort a hurting person, accompany her husband on visits to church members, conducting a cooking school or reassuring her sons that all was well when their father had to rush off to be with a dying church member at 3 am. They lived in many locations in Montana, Arizona, California, Washington and Alaska. Elizabeth and Clifford were married for 52 years until his death in 1983. Elizabeth spent the last 25 years living in College Place, near her two sisters. Clifford had been a pastor of the Walla Walla City Seventh-day Adventist church and Elizabeth was a member there.

She is survived by two half sisters in Northern California; three sons, Lester of Walla Walla, Charles (wife Joan) of Sunnyside, and David (wife Nancy) of Santa Cruz, California; two nieces and four nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, twelve grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Quiet Hour or SonBridge c/o the funeral home. Visitation and viewing will be at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Rd., Friday, March 26, 1:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, March 27, 9:00-2:00 followed by the funeral at 3:00 pm. Pastor Steve Walikonis of the College Place Village Seventh-day Adventist Church will be officiating. Graveside service will be Sunday, March, 28 at 10:00 am at Mount Hope Cemetery in College Place.


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