Floradell Louise Ogle

Obituary: Floradell Ogle was active in North Highlands groups

Published: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4B

Floradell Louise Ogle, a retired nurse who was active in North Highlands community groups, died July 24 of a stroke, her family said. She was 88.

Energetic and sociable, Mrs. Ogle enjoyed making friends as a civic activist after she settled in North Highlands in 1999. She served on the North Highlands Community Planning Advisory Council and the North Highlands Vision Task Force. She joined discussions about local issues with the Lunch Bunch and during breakfast meetings sponsored by then-Sacramento County Supervisor Roger Dickinson.

She volunteered on advisory groups for Sacramento Regional Transit and Watt Avenue beautification efforts. She served as a judge for the North Highlands Memorial Day and Carmichael Fourth of July parades.

"She was very involved and very friendly," friend Lola Warrick said. "She had a lot of energy, and people really liked her."

Mrs. Ogle researched her family tree through centuries. She found ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower and others who were major figures in history, including Charlemagne. She was active in genealogical groups, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames Society and the Mayflower Society.

"She was still driving her Nissan four-wheel-drive pickup to meetings and family visits," said her son Steven Bourasa. "She was active till the end."

Born July 22, 1924, in Pullman, Wash., Mrs. Ogle was one of six children raised by Clara and Martin Frimodig. After losing their 500-acre wheat farm during the Great Depression, the family moved to Kellogg, Idaho, where she graduated from high school.

During World War II, she worked as a journeyman welder building Navy vessels at the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond. She moved to Eureka after the war and married Ed Ogle, a police officer, in 1947. Her husband, who became a lumberjack, died in a tree-cutting accident in 1956.

Mrs. Ogle earned a nursing degree at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1962. She spent 26 years as head nurse in psychiatric research at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto and earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Phoenix University. She retired in 1988.

Besides her son, who lives in Sacramento, Mrs. Ogle is survived by a daughter, Nicky Erwin of Rio Linda; three grandchildren; and four great-granchildren.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 8, preceded by a 1 p.m. potluck, at North Highlands Community Center, 6040 Watt Ave.

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