Harms Spotlight on Health

By The Aberdeen Times staff

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

The Power County Skilled Nursing Facility is a very special part of the Hospital District. The staff has the pleasure of caring for some of our area's veteran citizens and we pride ourselves on providing compassionate, quality health care to each of them. Along the way we are honored to learn and build relationships with the people we serve and today we would like to honor a special resident, Golda Misenhimer.

Golda was born November 23rd 1912 in Holbrook, Idaho which is just outside Malad. She was the middle child in a family of 11 with five brothers and five sisters. Life for the family was not always easy. Days were very busy on the farm spent feeding and harnessing horses for field-work during the day and then to be repeated at night to get the crops in and tend them. In the summers Golda and her sisters spent much of their time cooking for the harvest crews and tending a very large garden. The family would grow and can almost everything they could for the season to help them get through the year. Occasionally there were even road trips to the Utah area in the fall to get fruit for additional canning. It is hard to imagine now taking a horseback or wagon ride from Holbrook to Malad which is only about 15 miles one way, but was only made once a week or if they really needed to go to town. Between all the hard work on the farm, Golda attended school in Holbrook at a small country school, but later went to Malad and finished high school. After school, Golda met the love of her life Howard Misenhimer and was married on her birthday November 23, 1934 in Pocatello, Idaho. The couple moved to the Rockland area where they started their family. They had one daughter, Valora, and four boys, Kenneth, Dee, Larry, and Dallas. Golda stayed at home and took care of the family. She loved baking, cooking, and sewing or needle point. There are many sets of tea or dish towels that were always auctioned at a family reunion, which was always a highlight of the year for Golda.

When her husband Howard passed away, and while two of their younger sons were still at home, Golda took the opportunity to work as a cook at the Rockland school. She also spent a lot of time babysitting for families in the area. Many of the kids knew her as 'Grandma Golda'.

In 1970, Golda moved to American Falls to be closer to family. She went work as a cook here at the Power County Hospital for the next few years. Golda most loved the time she could spend visiting with family and friends. She would still continue to get and cherish the cards and letters of those she cared for through the years. In December of 2007, Golda came to Harms Memorial, where she really feels at home again and enjoys attending various daily activities. Golda recently celebrated her 98th birthday here at Harms with a party, cake, and family and friends around her.

We have been pleased to get to know Golda over the time she has spent here. She, like everyone else, is a special addition to our family. She has had a full life and we at Harms Memorial feel very honored to be a part of it. Golda, along with many of our residents can teach us all a few things about family, hardships, and what is truly important in life. We will continue to share these many experiences and the wonderful people embraced within these walls.

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