Nellie Ellen Garland

Nellie Ellen Garland was born Feb. 17, 1915, in Somerset, Colo. She passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Madison House in Cortez. A "Celebration of Life" memorial service will be held on what would have been Nellie's 98th birthday on Feb. 17, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Following the memorial service, the family invites all to share a meal and memories of Nellie at Madison House, 120 S. Madison St. Nellie and her husband of 65 years, William Elzey Garland (deceased in 2009) for many years maintained a home in Cortez and one on the family farm near Dove Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Madison House Assisted Living, where Nellie lived from May 2009 until her death.

Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section. To read the full obituary for Nellie Ellen Garland, see the Jan. 4, 2013, edition of the Cortez Journal.