Calla was my maternal grandfather Alva Ashbury Tucker's youngest sibling of four and only sister. Alva had forgotten to mail his life insurance check for his premium in May 1927 and he asked her to mail it for him before he went to work (he was an engineer on a tugboat) and to look after his family if anything happened to him. The tugboat went down in stormy seas and the life insurance money helped keep his widow and four children (ages 10, 7, 4 and 2 months) going during the depression. Calla did what she could for his children.
After working as a nurse in Seattle after graduation she then worked for a doctor at Port Gamble, Washington sometime during 1929. She returned to Seattle in 1930 and worked at the Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers for six years. Sometime between 1940 and 1948 she returned to Lewis County and bought a home in Chehalis. She worked as a nurse until she retired.
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