Ermalita Nystrom, a longtime resident of Dunsmuir,  passed away on the morning of February 24, 2012 after a brief illness. She was 79.

Born to Joeseph and Germaine Nunes in 1932 in Fort Jones, California, the family soon moved to Dunsmuir.

Ermalita worked as a Maitra dee at the California Theatre while a student and later at the Golden Rule clothing and fabrics store.

As a teen, she would often spend summers with relatives in Tracy, where she enjoyed riding her bike to fruit groves where she harvested apricots.

Ermalita married her husband Sidney in Santa Rosa on September 11, 1954.

Active in the Dunsmuir PTA, she was a housewife who was an avid gardener and enjoyed baking, sewing, crocheting and quilting. In later life, she developed a great love of word puzzles.

Locally, she is well-known as the woman negotiating a snow-filled Dunsmuir Avenue during the record snowstorm of 1951. The iconic image has hung on the walls of Dunsmuir Hardware for decades.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Sidney; sons, Mark of San Jose and Scott of Dunsmuir; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Michael of San Jose; and great-granddaughter, Aliya also of San Jose.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Dunsmuir Fire-Rescue.

Private services and internment are planned at Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.

Condolences are welcome at www.mtshastachapel.com.