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Elvatine Trook
In Memory of
Elvatine Corene
Trook (Dolan)
1925 - 2018
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Obituary for Elvatine Corene Trook (Dolan)

Elvatine Corene  Trook (Dolan)
Elva was born November 7, 1925 to Joseph and Ennie Mae Dolan in Seymour, Texas. She was the oldest of three daughters. Early in her childhood, her family moved to the Reed, Oklahoma area . Elva was raised tending the land, raising baby chicks, learning from her mother in the kitchen. She graduated from Reed High School in 1943. Shortly after, her family moved to Amarillo, Texas where her father joined the war effort working in a defense plant. Elva entered into training by Western Union and then began working for them as a coder. Elva was married to Alfred Nelson Trook on March 8,1945 in Amarillo, Texas. They were married in the parsonage of her church, 7 people present. Elva always reminded us that it was a ceremony that created a life long marriage, because God was there. As they began their married life, to support an agriculture based lifestyle, Elva worked for a real estate firm in Amarillo and would travel to their farm in New Mexico for the weekends. Later they expanded their farming to include a dairy. She worked daily milking cows, deliverying milk to their customers, and handling the bookeeping of the business. In Amarillo, Texas on March 17, 1947 Terence Nelson Trook was born to their union. After continuing their farming and dairy in Springer, New Mexico, a Veterans’ program developing a homestead project in central Wyoming became available to them. In 1950, they sold their New Mexico dairy and moved to North Portal, Wyoming as one of 88 farm families to begin this homested project with the Bureau of Reclamation. On December 14, 1956 in Riverton, Wyoming Karan Mae Trook was born to their union. They continued to farm and thrive in arid desolate central Wyoming, farming, raising sheep, building homes, and supporting the American Bible Society missionary programs. In Fremont County, Wyoming Elva’s cooking and baking were widely known and reveredand she won numerous awards for her pies and yeast breads. In February of 1965, the Bureau of Reclammation closed the homestead project, forcing the farmers to relocate. Al and Elva chose farm land south of Weeping Water, Nebraska to be their next adventure and business venture. During a blizzard and ice storm the family moved across the plains settling in Cass County. On this farm Al, Elva, Terry and Karan began their new life. In Cass County, Elva not only handled their family business bookkeeping and accounting, she fed farm crews, raised a large garden, canned, baked, sewed, taught Sunday School, led a 4-H club; participated in United Methodist Women, Chapter BT PEO and Elizabeth Chapter #250 Order of the Eastern Star. On Easter Sunday 1988, Al and Elva attended Faith Missionary Church for the first time. It began one of the richest spiritual and servant driven relationships of their lives. They continued their involvement with this faith family and were blessed by each and every relationship. The richness of Elva’s life continued with involvement in the lives of her grandchildren and their activities. After 68 years of marriage and the death of her husband Al, she renewed her involvement and engagement in her civic, social, and church relationships. Elva was a source of support, encouragement and enrichment in all the relationships placed upon her path. She loved deeply and openly. She daily lived and walked her Christain faith. Her diligence, devotion, discipline and faithfulness have impressed and strengthened those around her. Her smile has warmed the hearts of each recipient and her response of “Love you more” serves to remind us all of eternity. She has loved us more than any struggle, pain, inequity, or loss that could be laid before us on earth. Her response of “Love you more” was not words meaning “I love you more than
you love me”.... it meant “I love you ahead of suffering, beyond your imperfections, more than we can yet define or fathom.” She loves us beyond all frailites and chains... she now loves us with a new perfection. Elva lived an independent life of high functioning into her 90’s. She continued to garden and bake her renowned pies through the summer of 2016. As age and decline began to take their toll on her petite frame, she continued to live with conviction, determination,
and fortitude. She met each challenge with dignified gracious acceptance. 2017 proved to be a year of numerous changes and challenges and she stood firm and faithful through each event. She gracefully gave up her independent farm life and moved into the Linden View Assisted Living Family on October 20, 2017. Filled with the assurances of forgiveness and eternal life, Elva stepped from earth into heaven on Friday, March 9 to renew her wedding vows.... the day after
the 73rd earthly anniversary of their sacred vows. Elva is preceeded in death by her parents, each of her siblings and their spouses, her husband and each of his siblings and their spouses. She was the last earthly link of that blessed generation for 24 nieces and nephews. Elva is survived by her son, Terence Nelson Trook of Mount Dora, Florida. Her daughter Karan and son-in-law Tim Birdsall of Lincoln. Grandchildren Kelly (Dan) McCauley of Mt Juliet, Tennessee; Jeremy
Trook of Eustis, Florida; Toby and Rachel Trook, Lake Mary, Florida; Jennifer (Kevin) Borges of Omaha; Cassandra Birdsall soon to wed Shawn Scherer of Omaha. 5 great Grandchildren, and the numerous nieces, nephews and their spouses, children and grandchildren.

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