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Elna "Steve" (Root) Kinnison


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Elna "Steve" (Root) Kinnison Obituary
Elna Root Kinnison, also known as Steve, was born in Nebraska on
November 27, 1919 and passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the
Washington County Nursing Home. She came to Washington County,
Colorado as a baby with her parents, Elza and Edna Root, her brother,
Arthur, and her sister, Evelyn Root Miller, where they homesteaded
south of Platner.
Elna attended Ashland Grade School near her home. After completing
the eighth grade, she attended Platner High School, boarding in town
during the week. Summers were spent working on the farm often herding
cows in the pastures during the day with the "Parker Kids". She
graduated from high school in 1937.
She continued her education at Colorado State College of Education
graduating in 1939. She began teaching in rural Washington County
schools.
At a dance at the age of 13, she met the love of her life, Chester
Kinnison. On August 23, 1943, he told her he would be back the next
day to get married. Not believing him, she was snapping green beans
and not ready. She quickly got ready and they were married August 24,
1943 in Sidney, Nebraska. She continued to teach until their
daughter, Elza Ann, was born in 1947. At that time they moved to
their own farm and she became a partner with her husband in the
farming and ranching work. Together they raised cattle and hogs,
milked cows and had a farming operation.
When Elza Ann became ten years old, she was old enough to join the
Shirts and Skirts
4-H Club. Soon after, Elna became a leader for that club and
continued until after Elza Ann graduated from high school. During
that time, Elna became very interested in the workshops for adults the
extension office offered in sewing, foods and home decorating and took
advantage of them, even hosting the workshops in her home and
traveling to Burlington, Colorado.
Through the workshops she mastered the art of quilting. She taught
classes to others wanting to learn to quilt and passed the art on to
her daughter, granddaughter, and granddaughter-in-law. She also
belonged to the Colorado Quilters Council and local quilting clubs in
Brush, Fort Morgan, Haxtun and Akron. Her work was exhibited at the
Haxtun Corn Festival.
Elna joined the Prairie Bells Extension Club in the 1960's and later
joined the Antelope Springs Extension Club. At this time, she began
exhibiting at the fair. She held many offices in the clubs and was a
representative to the Extension Homemakers County Council where she
served as President. She remained a member of extension clubs until
December 2009 and continued to exhibit at the fair through 2009 and
later exhibited as a resident of the Washington County Nursing Home.
One of the greatest highlights of her life was being selected as the
Grand Marshal of the Washington County Fair Parade. She was escorted
in the parade by her grandsons, Curt and Craig, and chauffeured by her
granddaughter, Kristin, in a convertible!
Elna was also a member of the Nighthawk Social Club and enjoyed
entertaining them recently at the nursing home. She took several
chartered bus trips after Chet's death and got to see most of the
United States bringing souvenirs home to share with family.
Elna moved to Akron in 2000 and found a new world - new friends, cable
tv, Meet and Eat, and Pioneer Haven activities. She loved the
activities at the nursing home and rarely missed participating in
them.
Times with her grandchildren were her favorite. She enjoyed
supporting their activities and often took them on road trips to
purchase watermelon, go back to school shopping or visit places like
the Genoa tower and Bird City Old Thresher's Day.
Elna is a member of the Bethel Union Church of Anton. After moving to
Akron, she attended the Akron United Methodist Church and enjoyed the
church services at Pioneer Haven and the nursing home.
Elna is survived by her daughter, Elza Ann and husband Richard Parker,
grandson Curtis Parker and wife Chandra, granddaughter Kristin and
husband Rod Bickel and grandson Craig Parker and wife Cherylee. Also
surviving are her great grandchildren, Briana Bickel and fiance' Keith
Dutro, Parker and Hayden Bickel, Brooke, Ryan and Megan Parker. She
is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Marvel Guertner and Eileen
Boden and a host of nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her great grandson Joseph
Parker, as well as her parents, her brother Art and his wife Zelda and
sister Evelyn and her husband
John Miller and Chet's sisters Helen Hefty, Lucille Barrett and Vera Malone.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at
the United Methodist Church of Akron. Interment followed at the Akron
Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her memory to the Activity Program
at the Washington County Nursing Home.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Mar. 18, 2015
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