December 19, 1943 ~ July 19, 2020

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

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 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. 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

  2. CandleImageWhat 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. CandleImageGoodness, 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.

  8. 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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