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Delma Delsa Moline

Oct. 9, 1922 - Jul. 5, 2020

BURLEY – Delma Delsa Moline was born on October 9, 1922, in Eldorado, Oklahoma, and passed away on July 5, 2020, in Burley, Idaho, at the lively age of 97 years old.

Born to Walter and Gertrude Powell, Delma lived on a farm in Oklahoma with her younger brother Raymond during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. As a spirited young girl, she picked cotton on the family farm, barefoot and all, and had fond memories of receiving fresh fruit only at Christmastime, as her family means were bare. Delma grew up to be a competitive young woman, very much ahead of her time. She played basketball in high school and, unbenounced at the time to her father, wore the team uniform instead of the overalls he insisted his daughter wear to play, of which he ultimately and lovingly gave his permission.

Delma met her first love, A.K. Harvick, at the young age of 15 in Oklahoma and they were married in 1938 and blessed with six beautiful children: Neta, Jerry, Richard, Ricky, Barry and Sharon. Their family packed up and moved to Yuma, Arizona, to farm alfalfa in the early 1950s and later moved to and from the Magic Valley area of Idaho before settling in Burley, Idaho, in the early 1960s. Delma and A.K., shortly after, ended their married relationship.

It was here in Burley, where she later met the love of her life, Lloyd “Toad” Moline and married in 1972. She worked at Ore-Ida Foods and was a manager at S&H Green Stamps. Together, Delma and Toad moved to California soon thereafter, settling in Modesto, where she continued working at S&H and enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards—her favorite being Hand and Foot—with friends and family until the wee hours of the night. Her beloved husband, Toad, passed away in 1999 and she stayed independently in Modesto working as an apartment manager until she retired at the young age of 86.

Delma then moved to Elk Grove to live with her cherished granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Cindy and Darren Estes, for a little more than ten years, enjoying and actively visiting her adored family and friends, near and far. In 2019, she returned to Burley, Idaho, to be near her beloved and only surviving child, Sharon Wageman, and grandchildren for the last year of her life.

Delma worked incredibly hard during her 97 years of life, meticulously caring for her family as a loving daughter, sister, mother, and an adoring grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great- grandmother. Her favorite hobbies were golfing, bowling, playing cards and watching (and having an opinion on) nearly all sports, all season long. She greatly enjoyed cooking for her family and hosting lively gatherings during the holiday season, especially Christmas.

Delma was surrounded by her loving family when she was called to Heaven on July 5, 2020, the 48-year anniversary of her and Toad’s wedding—a day to celebrate her greatest love and blessed life.

Delma left a beautiful and treasured family legacy. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Wageman of Burley, Idaho; 13 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 16 (soon-to-be 18) great-great-grandchildren; and other dearly loved family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents, Walter and Gertrude Powell; her brother, Raymond Powell; her husband, Lloyd “Toad” Moline (1999); and children, Neta (1992), Jerry (1983), Richard (2015), Ricky (2003), and Barry (1977); and grandson, Greg Bowman (2018).

A heartfelt thank you to the faculty and nurses of Harrison’s Hope and Highland Estates in Burley, Idaho, for their wonderful care and support in Delma’s last year of life.

Delma will be laid to rest with Toad at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at a later date, likely next spring. Donations to your local hospice organization of choice are welcomed in lieu of flowers.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13, NIV)

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home of Burley.

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