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Ade, Wylma J. Callahan, 1920-2018



  • Existence: 1920-


Wylma J. Callahan Ade (1920-2018) was a World War II nurse.

Wylma Jane Callahan Ade was born on March 10, 1920 in Davenport, Iowa to William T. Callahan and Esther J. Hansen. She was the oldest of three children. After studying nursing in Davenport, she worked as an army nurse during World War II. She served from November 1942 to February 1946 in the Philippines and New Caledonia. In 1964, she was named Nurse of the Year of District 12 of the state of Arizona. She continued working as a nurse until her retirement in 1979.

She married Richard Duve in 1947, with whom she had 2 children. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1954. In 1978, she married high school sweetheart Ralph Ade. She served with him in the Arizona temple until his death in 1984. Wylma continued serving in the temple until she was called to serve a mission of her own in 1989. She served in the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. Wylma died on October 20, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona.

Meldrum Mortuary and Crematory, via WWW, April 20, 2020 ǂb (Wylma Jane Callahan Ade; born March 10, 1920 in Davenport, Iowa; child of William T. Callahan and Esther J. Hansen; army nurse during World War II; received Bronze Star on the Philippines victory medal; Nurse of the Year in Arizona in 1964; 1979 retirement; marriage to Richard Duve; conversion to the Church in 1964; marriage to Ralph Ade in 1978; temple service, mission in Salt Lake Family History Center; death in Mesa, Arizona on October 20, 2018)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Wylma J. Callahan Ade autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341197]
Identifier: MSS 2610
Scope and Contents

Typewritten autobiography. Ade was born in Iowa in 1920. She served as a nurse in the United States military from 1942 to 1946. She served on the island of Espirutu Santo in the New Hebrides and in other areas as well. She also writes about her conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ade worked for many years as a public health nurse and retired in 1979.

Dates: 2002