Elda Fern (Morrison) Troncin, 94, was born on October 6th, 1926 to Howard Hollis and Blanche Onita (Huddleston) Morrison in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was the third of four children and went by "Fern" in her younger years.
In the early evening hours of April 22nd, Elda passed peacefully while napping. She is survived by her children: Darrel A. Troncin of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Donald D. Troncin of Hagerman, Idaho, Patricia A. (Troncin) & James Johnson of Oklahoma City, and Connie M. (Troncin) Bender of Columbus, Nebraska, 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Elda was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Tommie & Thelma V. (Wright), sisters Marjorie M.(Morrison) & Samuel Baugh, and Wretha I (Morrison) & LeRoy James.
Elda came into this world on a Tuesday at 5:00 AM. She was born at the family homestead about 16 miles north of Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she grew up along with her three siblings. Their house was an underground home with no indoor plumbing. She grew up helping tend to the livestock and gardens; entering her Hereford cow she raised from a calf in the 4-H club and State Fair. In high school she was part of the Choir and the school's first String Instruments class; she chose to play the violin. She graduated from Cheyenne High School in May of 1945. After high school, she was the proprietor of the Round-Up Cafe before marrying in 1950.
She survived an abusive marriage and divorced nine years later in 1959. With her one and only spouse, she gave birth to four children. Her life was turbulent at times and hard most of the time, yet she developed a witty sense of humor. She worked long hard hours becoming a strong lady who did the best she knew how in raising her children.
Elda was a very private person yet she never met a stranger, or a food she didn't like, and rarely said no to anyone. Her grandchildren were very dear to her heart and loved it when they came to visit. She loved animals, the outdoors, picnics, fishing, and food. When asked what her favorite color was, she said she liked them all. However, she seemed to be very fond of red, pink, and blues that accentuated her Arctic Ice blue eyes.
She learned many skills in the different jobs she held over the years to provide for her children. Some of the many different work-hats she tried on were housekeeping in private family homes, hotels, and assisted living homes. She also did grounds keeping at different businesses. For a while, she was a dump-truck driver at the local gravel quarry, a cabinet maker, and a dispatcher for the City Police Department.
Life was often not kind to her, yet she didn't voice complaints against it. Growing up she was always telling her children, "If you don't have anything nice to say about a person, then don't say anything."
She believed in God and could converse with him in the field with the cows or where ever she might be, and didn't need to go to a building to know his presence. She had never been officially baptized, so on January 6, 2002, she was baptized at a church in Oklahoma City.
When she started having health issues and it wasn't possible for her to live alone any longer she came to Oklahoma to live with a daughter and her family. We had some ups and downs as she endured to the end with Alzheimer's Disease. Most of the time she couldn't remember her eldest daughter, usually referring to her by her sister's name. Yet, when her first grandchild came to visit whom she hadn't seen in years when asked if she knew who she was she said, "Of course I remember you, you are my granddaughter."
Elda could often be heard humming the tune of Amazing Grace, as she sat gazing out the living room window observing the activity of cars and people going past.
During her last few days on this earth, when she couldn't lift herself to eat or drink, her humorous side came through. Once, when one of her Hospice Nurses came in and asked how she was feeling, she responded, "With my fingers, how do you feel?" It gave everyone a nice giggle.
Elda is now free of physical and emotional pain, with clarity of mind she sits, walks, and converses with Christ, her Savior in her new heavenly body.
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