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Obituary - Elberta Helen Kingsley

Graveside services for Cortez resident Elberta Helen Kingsley will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Crestview Cemetery in Durango.

Helen was born on Nov. 21, 1918, in Pagosa Springs, Colo., the daughter of Elbert Riley and Maymie Armenta May (Rothgeb) Littrell. She passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Vista Grande Inn at the age of 91.

On Sept. 27, 1938, Helen married Harold Raymond Kingsley in Pagosa Springs. Helen and Raymond lived in Bayfield from 1950-1980. While living in Bayfield, the couple were active members of the Square Dance Club. Later in life, Helen and Raymond spent the winters in Apache Junction, Ariz., where they enjoyed the warmer climate. In her free time, Helen enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Helen loved playing shuffle board and she won many trophies from shuffle board competitions. Helen loved taking her kids to athletic events in Bayfield. When Helen’s eyesight failed her, she enjoyed listening to books on tape. Helen was a devoted member of the Methodist Church throughout her life.

Surviving Helen are her sons, Harold “Wayne” Kingsley and wife, Barbara of Sparks, Nev., and Vernon Kingsley and wife, Linda of Cortez; her seven grandchildren, Tracy Bidart and husband, Frank of Reno, Nev., Rick Kingsley and wife, Ellen of Reno, Nev., Bobbie Loe and husband, Ralph of Delta, Colo., John Kingsley of Villa Grove, Colo., Kimberly Essary of Alamosa, Colo., Carol Colvin and husband, Alan of Alamosa, and Shanna Martinez of Tifton, Ga.; 19 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Raymond Kingsley, and by her brother, Burdett Littrell.

Memorial contributions may be made in Elberta Helen Kingsley’s name to Vectra Bank.

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