Alta was born Sept. 12, 1910, at Tripp, S.D., the daughter of Melvin and Addie Mae (Shearer) Watson. She was the youngest of 11 children. She attended country school in South Dakota. Her family moved to Iowa in 1932.
She was married to Edward Erickson March 7, 1942, at Sioux City. She and her husband lived on a farm in Liberty Township for many years until moving to Cherokee in 1965. She resided in Country Side Estates Assisted Living from May 2004 until August 2007 when she moved into the nursing home side of Country Side Estates.
Alta was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, the Ladies Aide and the Cherokee County Farm Bureau. She volunteered her time in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church office and in the Synod Office in Storm Lake. She enjoyed growing flowers in her garden, spending time with her grandchildren and working within the church.
She is survived by her daughter, Germayne and her husband Orville "Dick" Johnson of Sutherland; three grandchildren: Dean (Barb) Johnson of Merrill, Dale Johnson of Meriden, and Darla (Mike) Negus of Sutherland; five great-grandchildren, Nick (Sandra) Johnson, Pat (Brenda) Johnson, Mike Johnson, Trista Regennitter and Jamie Negus; three great-great-grandchildren: Anthony, Mark and Delaine; several nieces and nephews including Lucille Kledis of Cherokee and Gladys Johnson of Alta.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 8, 1977; seven brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor Jim Steen and Dr. Delmar Carlson will officiate and burial will be in the Liberty Township Cemetery at rural Meriden. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church Tuesday. Visitation will be today (Monday) from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.