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Date of Birth: April 27, 1945

Date of Death: March 02, 2023

Elva Jeane Chilson (nee Stander) passed away at home on March 2, 2023 at the age of 77 from cancer. Elva was born in Denver, CO on April 27,1945 to Elvin and Dorothy Stander. She led a full life. She served honorably as a 1st Lt in the Air Force as a flight nurse from 1968-1970, held a BS from the University of Northern Colorado, and worked as a nurse at Denver General Hospital. She married her husband, Ronald Chilson, in 1977 and they went on to raise two children together, moving from Colorado, to California, Hawaii, and Washington before settling in Arizona in retirement. She was an avid outdoors person who loved living an active life. Camping with her family, hiking, and riding her bike for long rides (once with a broken wrist!) were some of her favorite pastimes. Elva also enjoyed rescuing pets with her most recent cat rescued while biking, riding 10 miles with the cat in her bike pack. She was also passionate about serving those in need, volunteering her time to a domestic violence shelter for women and providing comfort to those in hospice. Her family was the most important thing to her and she always looked forward to holidays spent together. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Chilson, daughter Rian Chilson, son Michael Chilson, brother Joe Stander, sister Kathy Watts, two dogs, and two cats

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There will be no funeral service.


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