Carol McErquiaga
Carol McErquiaga
On Oct. 9, 2013, Carol McErquiaga passed away peacefully in Elko, Nev.

Carol was born June 2, 1924, in Tremonton, Utah, to Enos and Pearl Conger. She later moved to Humboldt County with her family while her father worked for the railroad.

She worked at the Ellison Ranch at Rebel Creek in Orovada cooking for the ranch crew. She was always proud that she had cooked for so many people.

She met her husband, Bruno McErquiaga Jr. while in Orovada and she would later tell her grandchildren that their love story began when they met at a dance. Carol loved to sing and dance. They were married March 15, 1941, and remained married for almost 70 years until Bruno passed away.

They raised their four children in Paradise Valley, Nev., and moved to Winnemucca when their youngest was in junior high school. Carol worked for Humboldt General Hospital in the Food and Nutrition department for over 20 years.

After retirement, Carol spent her days spending time and caring for the loves of her life, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always made sure everyone had a snack and everyone knew they could go to grandma's house if they wanted a cookie or cake and milk. She couldn't resist whipping up something in the kitchen to spoil those that she loved, especially breakfast of waffle and eggs. She was known for her great Basque bread and cinnamon rolls that she credited to her father-in-law.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bruno McErquiaga, son, Al McErquiaga, and sister, Lucille Duncan. She is survived by her children Beverly Pollock (Gary), Rita Horn (Billy), and Cathi Tipton (Ken), her brother Bob Conger (Arlene), her grandchildren Kelly Pollock (Tammy), Larry Pollock, Karia Fiscus (Mike), Tennille Whitaker (Willy), Tara Tipton, and Halley Tipton, and her great-grandchildren Mitch Pollock, Daniel Pollock, Anthony Hunter, Gracie Fiscus, Hank Whitaker, Molly Whitaker, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She always loved a good story and her eyes would twinkle when she would laugh, followed by a slap of the knee. Grandma Carol, you will be missed, always loved, and never forgotten. You taught us well. We will handle all the cooking now and carry on your traditions. No services are being held at Carol's request.

She will be laid to rest beside her husband and son at the Winnemucca Cemetery.