Elna Sefcovic, 89, passed away Jan. 25, 2008, in her home.
She was born Elna Gay McFarland Feb. 6, 1918, in El Paso, Texas, to Mamie and Jack McFarland. The family moved to Mexico, where they ranched for six years and then to Hachita, N.M., where she graduated from high school.
Elna married Felix Sefcovic Sept. 19, 1939, in Globe, Ariz., where the first two of their nine children were born. They later moved to work on the family farm in Boone, where their next five children were born.
In 1954 they purchased a small farm on Holmes Mesa, near Parachute, where their last two children were born. They lived and worked there for more than 30 years.
Elna was actively involved in Farmers Union and the Democratic Party. She also became known as a wonderful seamstress, and made clothing for her family as well as custom sewing for Terese David in Aspen.
Elna and Felix retired from the farm and moved to DeBeque. Elna belonged to the Quilting Club and served as president of the Senior Center. They resided there for more than 11 years and then moved to Clifton.
Elna moved into the Commons in Grand Junction, where she resided for nearly five years. Her years there were filled with wonderful friends and a passion for making quilts until the time of her death.
She is survived by children Fred (Pauline) Sefcovic of Glenwood Springs, Robert Sefcovic of Socorro, N.M., Debra (Kevin) Anderson of Surprise, Ariz., Mary Burns of Denver, Wynona Mahaffey of Fruita, Cathy (Ron) Chase of Grand Junction, Valent (Loretta) Sefcovic of West Jordan, Utah, and Alan (Tammy) Sefcovic of Rifle; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Elna was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years; and a son, Albert.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Hospice Palliative Care of Grand Junction.
A viewing will be held from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, and services will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
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