Sophia Lucille Irvin Rustad, 69, of Farmington, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. She was born May 12, 1944, in the hospital in Alamosa, Colo., the daughter of Virgil Edward Irvin and Sophia Weston Irvin. Sophia was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Margaret Carolyn Hepler and Catherine Louise McElroy; and brothers, David Virgil Irvin and infant Edward Paul Irvin.
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She leaves behind her husband, Kenneth G. Rustad, and their son, Rurik B. Rustad; sisters Mary Judith Brewer, Susan Annette Andrews, Martha Rae Kannard and Rebecca Kaye Smith; brothers, Dennis Weston and Andrew James; her large bouquet of nieces; and a troop of wooden soldier nephews, all of which were treasures to her always.
Because she was such a dedicated family research historian, those who loved her were care-filled with this preceding information. Bear with us, she was a fiery red-head. Sophia loved a good book, a special pair of shoes and the right tint to her red hair. In her youth, she shopped at Fleur De Lis. She loved her garden, the challenge of African violets and a McDonald's egg McMuffin. She loved a stimulating conversation but had no patience for ignorance and was short of tolerance for close-mindedness or bigotry. Sophia wasn't perfect, but always gave others the right to be so without expectation. She was politically aware and loved to share her opinions with her husband and son. She loved the Savior and her church congregation, who were her second family. Her passing came through a mighty struggle. The prayers and concern of all of you who loved and respected her (and us) are a beautiful testimony to the marvel of human compassion; until that moment when her magnificent heart in that small stature of body stopped beating.
We who loved her will not stumble and weep for long; but rather pick up the baton she passed and carry it with us to our finish line. "Adios," "Hágoónee'," "Good-bye" for now.
Cremation will take place and memorial services for Sophia will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, Farmington 8th Ward Chapel, 4400 N. College Blvd., in Farmington, with Bishop George Payne conducting.
Inurnment will take place at a later date in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Sophia's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street
Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Feb. 13 to Feb. 22, 2014