Elva C. Davenport-Sachtjen, 95, of Nampa, began testing her new wings in Heaven on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, surrounded by the loving embrace of her family.
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Born in Cascade, on Sept. 22, 1915, Elva was the only child of Danish immigrants Carl and Anne Knudsen. She moved with her parents to Nampa when her father was called to service in WWI. She graduated from Nampa High School in 1934, and went on to graduate from Links School of Business.
Being the "Farmers Daughter" she caught the eye of a handsome farmhand, Floyd A. Davenport. They were married in 1938 and in 1953 had their only child, a daughter, Murvelle, who was the light of their lives.
Floyd and Elva purchased her father's homestead on Locust Lane east of Nampa, where she oversaw the financial operations of the farm.
They were blessed with a 39-year marriage built on the foundation of faith, family, service to others, love, respect and happiness until Floyd's death in 1977.
During a chance encounter Elva saw a high school classmate, Victor L. Sachtjen, who had recently lost his wife. What started out as a comforting gesture to convey her sympathy for his loss turned into a friendship where each one comforted the other as they both understood the deep loss each was experiencing. This friendship turned to love and love turned into marriage in 1979.
With this uniting, the family circle grew yet again, now encompassing the Davenport and Sachtjen families.
Elva enjoyed spending family time snowmobiling, water skiing, motorcycling, joint holidays and celebrations.
This family now includes children: Murvelle (Cleve) Cushing, Ellen Sachtjen, Nancy (Lynn) Hyslop and John (Cecelia) Sachtjen; grandchildren, Heather (Greg) Kortan, Tina (Michael) Albers, Chris (Rachel) Cushing, Aaron (Aly) Shoji, Byron (Jennifer) Shoji, Conan (Candice) Jones, Dawn (Brian) Vezzoso, Lynn Jr. (Julie) Hyslop, Ted (Terra) Hyslop, Robert Sachtjen and Mike Sachtjen, as well as 19 great-grandchildren.
She had a passion for sewing, gardening, cooking. At the age of 70 she decided she would pursue oil painting; something she had always wanted to try and ended up having a real talent for.
The foundation of her life was her faith and her family. These were the fibers of her very soul, bound together by love. This fabric was cut by the love of God and the grace of Jesus Christ. It was sewn over the many wonderful years by the people who came into and out of her life. It was tailored by her absolute class and trimmed with her subtle finesse.
Over the years she touched many lives and these fibers were spread.
She was not by nature a fighter, but make no mistake, she would fight for what was true and just.
Elva has blessed each of our lives with the extraordinary way in which she lived hers. She shared her abundant heart and spirit with all friends and family. Elva was a peacemaker who offered comfort and love to every life she touched.
Elva's family would like to extend their deepest gratitude and thanks to the caregivers that provided loving care during her final days.
A celebration of Elva's life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, at Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. South, Nampa – 466-3545. Burial will immediately follow the service at the Cloverdale Memorial Park Cemetery, 1200 N Cloverdale Road, Boise.
Memories and condolences may be sent to www.alsipfuneralchapel.com.
Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel
404 Tenth Avenue South
Nampa, ID 83651
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 14, 2010