Eleanor Irene Silver (1920 - 2018)

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Eleanor Irene Silver, 98, passed away June 26. Eleanor was born on a farm near York, Nebraska, June 10, 1920, to parents Clarence and Anna Foster. Her brother, Donald Eugene, was born 17 months later. They knew a happy childhood surrounded by many cousins and aunts and uncles.
After high-school graduation in 1938, Eleanor worked on the University of Nebraska campus in Lincoln. When WWII started, she worked in an ammunition depot and at an airfield.
She married Richard Silver in 1944 and had four children. Her three daughters and one son are Elaine Padilla (Gil), Nancy Ottem (John), Ruth Ann Guetlein, and John Jay Silver.
The family moved to Brighton in 1957, where Eleanor was passionate about developing a vibrant Girl Scout program in the community. She also was an active church member, a 4-H leader and a Cub Scout den mother.
She was employed as a bookkeeper for the school district for many years. After retirement, she was an active volunteer at the hospital and senior center and for Meals on Wheels.
In addition to a lifelong commitment to volunteering for years, her life was joyful, filled with her love of Colorado, her grandchildren, gardening, canning, hobbies, crafts, tole and fabric painting, quilting, gardening, Broncos, Rockies, college football (Nebraska Cornhuskers) and enjoying friends, senior center activities, card games and constant travels. Her itineraries included Belgium, Holland, England, Korea, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and a trip across Canada.
Eleanor was a wonderful role model and lovingly shaped her family. She was an amazing grandmother of eight and, in more recent years, she also enjoyed her 10 great-grandchildren. Her parents; and her daughters, Elaine and Ruth Ann predecease her.
A private family graveside service will honor her full, long, and significant life Sunday, July 22. Her life will be celebrated at coffee hour following church service at 9:15 a.m. July 22 the Methodist Church, South Eighth Avenue and Jessup Street, Brighton.
The family suggests memorial funds to Eagleview Senior Center, attention Brighton Meals on Wheels, 1150 Prairie Center Parkway, Brighton 80601.
Religious Service Information
Brighton United Methodist Chr
625 S 8th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
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Published in Fort Lupton Press on July 4, 2018