Elva Lou "Effie" Fern

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December 19, 1943 ~ July 19, 2020

Born in: Pueblo, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Celebration of Life for Effie:

Elva Lou “Effie” Fern, 76, passed away July 19, 2020. Survived by mother, Berna Rizer; brother, Jim Rizer; sons, David Fern (Debbie Huff) and Jerry Fern; grandchildren, Ethan Yarberry, Donna and Roy Fern; and nieces and nephews, Jeff Murray, Adrinne Hobbs and Alexandria Romero. Preceded in death by father, Ed Rizer; and brother, George Rizer. Effie was born to Ed and Berna Rizer on Dec. 19, 1943, in Pueblo. She was a 911 Dispatcher and Animal Control Officer and enjoyed knitting, RV traveling, shooting, hunting and fishing. Effie was a member of the Pueblo Humane Society, Pueblo Historical Society, RVing Women and numerous other groups. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Celebration of her life, 1 p.m. Saturday Aug. 8, 2020, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with livestreaming available on her obituary page at www.MontgomerySteward.com. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the Pueblo Historical Society, 203 W B St, Pueblo, CO 81003 or the Pueblo Humane Society, 4600 Eagleridge Pl, Pueblo, CO 81008.


Life Celebration: August 8, 2020 1:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. My memories of Effie go back into my teens. I was racing out at PMI and she was like a rockstar out there. I looked up to her. She was always laughing and so kind to me. She even took me to my first Mile High Nationals. She was a pistol! Full of life. Dave, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Effie will be missed so very much! Over the past 5 years she has been such a kind and wonderful support for me. We enjoyed doing many things together and I will certainly miss her! I know that Binkie misses her too!

  3. Aunt Effie,

    You were one amazing lady, so full of live and love! You will be missed dearly. We love you.

    ❤️Alley and Melly

  4. I remember many good times at RVW rallies, working the 4H State Fair Dog Show, serving together on the Pueblo Humane Society Board, and just having meals together with Effie. I will miss her but cherish to memories of all we did together

  5. I grew up with Effie’s sons in the neighborhood and in school. I was at her house many times and as an adult I was able to spend some time around her while too. She was someone that I always enjoyed being around and will think of her often. Prayers for my good friend, Jerry and David Fern and their families.

  6. Effie was always positive when I would see her. She was funny and a hard worker. As a Volunteer down at the Pueblo Heritage Museum, helping others locate information with the Pueblo Historical Society, greeting visitors, she always had a kind and knowledgeable word. Effie will be missed.

  7. A special light has gone out in Pueblo with Effie’s passing. She was just so much fun whenever I saw her.
    I am so blessed to have known her.
    My condolences to the family.
    Paulette Stuart

  8. What can I say, Effie was just one of those special people you meet in life and I won’t forget her. She was always happy and smiling whenever we met up for our stitching group. Always interested in what everyone was working on.

  9. Effie you have been in our life forever. Beautiful soul. Miss and love you. Sing praises for you in heaven.

  10. Elva Lou was a beautiful flower in the garden of life…I had the pleasure of seeing her several times this last year and we laughed a lot about growing up as neighbors.
    She would drive Jim, my brother and me to the A&W for root beer floats when we were kids. She will be greatly missed.

  11. I was so sorry to hear of Effie’s passing. I had the opportunity to work with her on the Historical Society Board and was impressed by her leadership, determination, perseverance, and integrity. She loved Pueblo and its history, and was willing to work hard to keep the organization viable and able to sustain its mission.
    She knew so many people and appreciated a good story and a good laugh. I appreciated her energy, humor, and devotion. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to her family.

  12. Sorry to hear of Effies passing l was a 911 dispatcher also, we sometimes worked together! She was such a kind, sweet lady!

  13. Goodness, where do I begin. She touched my life in a way I was not expecting. She truly was a mentor I did not go looking for. She had a way of talking one into doing something (this was a good thing). She had great stories to share about being a dispatcher, a racer, and a pet cop…..Oh how I miss her energy….Thank you for sharing her with the world.

  14. Heaven gained a special angel…Effie will be greatly missed by so many. I hope they have nothing but the finest yarns and knitting supplies in heaven for her. Thoughts, payers and hugs to her family.

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