Obituary: Enid Esther Steffen

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Feb. 9, 1941 ~ March 15, 2021

Enid Steffen

Enid Esther Steffen was born on Feb. 9, 1941 to Antone Bryan (Whitey) and Mary Jean Eliasen near Elk Creek in eastern Rio Blanco County. Enid was the fourth of 15 children in the Eliasen family. She was raised in Rio Blanco County and graduated from Meeker High School in 1959.

In 1962, Enid met David Steffen while working in Steamboat Springs, where they were married on June 9, 1962. They made their way back to Meeker in 1968, where they raised their three children. Enid worked at Pioneers Hospital for a time, until she went to work at The Bakery in 1979. In 1980, she and David purchased The Bakery, which they ran for 30 years. The Bakery was more than just a place to eat, as the lives of many young people were positively impacted, by touring, working in or having lunch specials during school. Enid loved showing the second graders how donuts were made and loved even more showing off their thank you letters when they were seniors. She enjoyed working in the flower garden and always loved playing with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children: Mike Steffen, Theresa Steffen and Lisa (Roger) Hanna; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brothers Edgar Eliasen, Johnny Eliasen, Jerry Eliasen and Ron Eliasen; sisters Ellie (Don) Anding, Jenny (Ken) Megahey, Sue Eliasen, Zina Eliasen and Sara (Mac) Richardson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Enid was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Elaine Webber and Liz Devore; brothers Earl Eliasen, Ellis Eliasen and Elton Eliasen; nephews Scott Anding, Justin C. Eliasen, Matthew Richardson and niece Brandi Jennings.

Enid passed away in the Walbridge Wing on March 15 with family at her side. A celebration of her life will be held this summer.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Enid’s memory to Meeker Education Foundations to fund school supplies, a cause dear to her heart.