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Elda Cerise Darien

Elda Cerise Darien, of Carbondale, Colo., died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. She was 87.

She was born Jan. 4, 1915, in Emma, Colo., to Victor and Anselmine Cerise. She graduated from Carbondale Union High School in 1933.

She married August “Gus” Darien on July 18, 1939, at Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Mr. and Mrs. Darien were true pioneers of the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys, operating ranches in Carbondale, Thompson Creek and Marble.

Mrs. Darien was an active member of the Carbondale United Methodist Church, the Crystal Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, the Seven Star Rebecca Lodge and the Carbondale Extension Club.

She was named Carbondale’s Outstanding Woman of the Year in 1980.

Her greatest joys were community involvement, her grandchildren, and helping her many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; infant daughter Donna Mae; brother Frank Cerise; and a sister Rena Caparella.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Sharlene and Jerry Smith, of Carbondale; sons and daughters-in-law Leiford and Sharon Darien, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Larry and Dana Darien, of Marble, Colo.; grandchildren Kirk Smith, Robyn Smith, Craig Darien, Jason Darien, Tori Darien and Hunter Darien; great-grandchildren Carly, Ravi and Amborly Smith, Colt and Kacey Darien, and Tyler Chappel; brother Flaven Cerise, of Grand Junction; and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at the Carbondale United Methodist Church. A private family service will also be held at the family cemetery at Prospect Mountain Ranch in Marble.

Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Near New Scholarship Fund, c/o Near New Thrift Store, 302 Main St., Carbondale, CO 81623.


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