Emelina LeFebre, 90, passed away at home on September 8, 2020, surrounded by her family.
Emelina was born on July 25, 1930 on the family farm in Espinosa, Colorado to Meliton and Eliza Lopez. She grew up on the farm responsible for household duties and taking care of her younger sisters.
She graduated from Manassa High School in 1948, married Alfred LeFebre in 1951 and moved to Pueblo, Colorado. In 1956, Alfred and Emelina moved to Grand Junction so that Alfred could begin his career with the Colorado Department of Revenue.
Emelina was a homemaker, providing love and support to her six sons. While it was a full time job raising six sons, she found time to volunteer in the community. She was one of the founding members of the Latin Anglo Alliance. She worked tirelessly at the St. Vincent DePaul store, part of St. Joseph Catholic Church founded to help the needy. She supported the Knights of Columbus in numerous activities, helped prepare meals at St. Joseph’s for funerals and weddings, and helped clean the church. She also volunteered as an election judge. Emelina worked at a local nursing home, loving her time there taking care of the elderly.
Emelina loved playing bingo, visiting friends and attending all of the sports and activities in which her boys and grandkids participated.
Emelina was preceded in death by her husband Alfred and her brother Tony. She is survived by her sisters Lupita, Cleo and Rose and her sons Rick, Bob, Larry (Audrey), Mike (Tracy), Joe and Tom (Teri). Also grandchildren Brie, Katie, Matt, Ashton, Luke, Nick, Emma, Sam, Maria, Drew, Trey and Tycen, nine great grandchildren, and special niece, Roberta and her husband Ron Oribello.
Rosary and viewing will take place at Brown's Cremation And Funeral Service Chapel 904 N. 7th Street Grand Junction, CO 81501 on September 17 from 6-7 with Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass will be held September 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Donations in her memory may be made to Catholic Outreach.
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