Elsie F. Carlson

Memorial services for Elsie F. Carlson, a lifelong resident of Cortez, were held on Monday, Dec. 17, at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Inurnment followed at Cortez Cemetery.

Elsie died Dec. 10, 2012, at the Valley Inn in Mancos. She was born in Bridgeport, Neb. on Dec. 16, 1925, to Jacob and Eliza Kubler-Faessler. She was the second eldest of five children and the only daughter. She grew up in and around Bridgeport with her brothers and attended school there.

On July 26, 1952, in Scottsbluff, Neb. Elsie married Harold L. Carlson. To this union one daughter was born. In 1959 the family moved to Cortez where Harold was employed with Superior Oil Company. Elsie worked as a homemaker and later was employed with Southwest Memorial Hospital from 1971 to 1986 as an assistant cook in the cafeteria. She retired in 1986.

Elsie learned to bake with her mother when she was young, and always enjoyed baking. She would bake hundreds of cookies and other Swiss goodies at Christmas and make plates to deliver to her friends and relatives. Everyone looked forward to receiving these cookies because they were so good! Her bread won several blue ribbons at the county fair.

She also learned from her mother how to embroider at a young age. She continued this hobby through her life, and usually had a project of some kind, including quilts, pictures, pillows and cases, and lots of dish towels. Elsie gave her embroidered dish towels as gifts and if someone happened to be a friend or someone she liked, they would get a towel for Christmas. She gave away hundreds of towels over the years.

Elsie also enjoyed gardening and grew several gardens. She took much pride in her vegetables, flowers and her yard. Elsie was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion for many years.

She was normally a quiet, reserved lady but would surprise people with her wonderful dry wit with a wisecrack that would make them smile. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends she made along the road of life.

Elsie is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Sanders of Cortez; a stepson, Leslie Carlson of Cortez; her step-grandchildren, Michael Ford (Reggie) of Cortez, Cori Archuleta (Pat) of Clackamas, Ore. and Marcy Green (Rue) of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and seven step great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild. Elsie's brothers, Bob Faessler of Scottsbluff and Gary Faessler (Virginia) of Bridgeport; and many nieces and nephews also survive her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Carlson, in 1984; both of her parents; her brothers, John and Jake Faessler; and by her son-in-law, Lynn Sanders.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Alzheimer's Association or to a favorite charity in Elsie's honor. Services were under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.