Nellie Ellen Garland

Nellie Ellen Garland was born Feb. 17, 1915, to Dominick and Carolina Badini, the fourth of five children, in Somerset, Colo. She passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Cortez.

Nellie grew up in Hotchkiss, Colo. and graduated from high school there in 1934. She worked several jobs in that area before moving to Cortez to become a bookkeeper. Nellie met and married her husband of 65 years, William Elzey Garland (deceased in 2009) in 1943. She has lived at Madison House since 2009.

Nellie helped with the family farm near Dove Creek after leaving her bookkeeping career. She was a homemaker, mother and caregiver. Nellie participated in many things associated with her children's activities, worked the polls at some elections and was a member of the Reminiscence Society.

Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, William Elzey; her parents; and by all of her siblings, Mary C. Baker, James Badini, Tillie Mingen, and Kathryn Parker.

Surviving Nellie are her daughter, Barbara (Richard) Bradford of Payson, Ariz.; sons, Bill (Vonda) Garland of Lewis and Jim (Valerie) Garland of Cortez; grandchildren, Glenn Bradford, Kelli Garland, Chris (Sara) Garland, Tyson Garland, and Kaylee (Cole) Uptain; and her great-grandchildren, Colter and Claire Garland. Also surviving Nellie is her brother-in-law, Edgar (Marie) Garland; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Madison House Assisted Living, 120 South Madison, Cortez, CO 81321.

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