Virginia Sweetser Elarton: 1917-2004
Virginia Sweetser Elarton died Nov. 14, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs, after a short illness. She was 87.
Virginia Ruby Mengers was born Sept. 24, 1917, in Colorado Springs to Charles and Ruby (Anderson) Mengers. She was raised in the Black Forest area and graduated from Monument High School.
Elarton and Glenwood J. Sweetser were married in 1932 near Peyton. They lived in Colorado Springs until moving to Long Beach, Calif., where they resided during World War II. They returned to Colorado Springs, where they raised their family, and she worked in the Corset Shop as a seamstress for 25 years. During this time she also made many wedding dresses for the young brides of the Colorado Springs area. Elarton was active in the Pejn Indian Club and First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs. Her husband Glenwood died in 1972 and in 1976 she married Earl Elarton at Twin Lakes. They eventually moved to Missouri and lived there until moving to Craig in 1993. Earl died in 2001. Elarton enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing.
Elarton is survived by her son, Wayne (Deanna) Sweetser of Hayden; daughter-in-law Mary Sweetser of Gilmer, Texas; grandchildren Kellie Taylor and Robin Brown of Tahlequah, Okla., Cody (Rhonda) Sweetser of Hayden, and Carrie Sweetser of Craig; great- grandchildren Autymn Sweetser, Jami Taylor, Tyson and Kylee Sweetser and Darby Andrews; and a sister, Dorothea Jones of Brush.
Elarton was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dean Mengers, her husbands, Glenwood J. Sweetser and Earl Elarton; her daughter, Dolores Wirkes; and her son, John Sweetser, who died in September of this year.
Graveside services were held Nov. 20, 2004, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Hayden Congregational Church in care of Grant Mortuary.
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