Dena D. Eliason


Dena Eliason left us peacefully the morning of Oct. 17. Dena, or Grandma to many official kin and numerous unofficial ones as well, leaves behind her partner and husband, Earl, of 70-plus years, eight children, 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Grandma and Grandpa, as many who’ve come to know them locally, have traveled to numerous locations, starting in South Dakota.

From telephone operator, Den/Club scout leader, Tupperware home host, choir member, square-dancer and even a calendar model, Dena/Grandma has seen a lot, accomplished a lot and mentored a lot.

Per her wishes, a small service will be held locally with a larger “Celebration of Life” planned by the family once all these restrictions are a thing of the past. In lieu of flowers, Mom asked that a donation or two be given to the local Humane Society, the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park (off U.S. 84) or one of her favorite charities, “Best Friends” (an animal sanctuary in Utah). We miss her every day, but we are blessed with the 88 years she stayed.