Glenda Sue Ellenberger

Glenda Sue (Harbuck) Ellenberger passed away on Sept. 15 while on vacation with family and friends in Twin Lakes. Ellenberger was born on June 22, 1950, the daughter of Floyd William and Wanda Faye (Braisher) Harbuck in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

Around the time Ellenberger was one, her family moved to Climax and a little later to Leadville. She had two brothers, John “Johnny” and Bill “Billy.” Ellenberger graduated from high school and met her husband of 50 years in Leadville. Sue and James Edward “Jim” Ellenberger were married Sept. 25, 1971 at Mount Crest Baptist Church in Leadville.

The Ellenbergers were blessed with three children, one boy and twin girls: Bill (Lisa) of Arkansas, Kandra (Brandan) of Florida and Cassandra “Cassie” Jenkins of Nevada.

Ellenberger’s husband’s career in mining and mine safety took the family away from Leadville to Nevada, Indiana and other parts of Colorado. While on the move, Ellenberger took courses in computer programing at Colorado Mountain College and Northern Nevada Community College. She devoted most of her time to raising her children. When the children were in school themselves, Ellenberger worked as a school cook in Winnemucca, Nevada, Sullivan Indiana, and Craig. She also worked at Penny’s in Leadville and Walmart in Craig.

In addition to making a home for her husband and children, Ellenberger was very active in her home congregation. She served as president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and as president of Gideon Auxiliary, Yampa Valley Camp. “She lived her sanctified life of loving service to her neighbor in so many ways in several different places,” her family said.

Ellenberger loved to read Christian romance novels. In addition to her novels, she was also an avid reader of journals, news media and social media on the internet.

Jesus was the center of Ellenberger’s life. Her faith made her the strong core of her family. She was a soft-spoken, quiet person, yet strong and diligent when she set about working on any project. Her family said she was a catalyst for action, a solid leader, easy to talk to, outgoing and always there when help was needed. One knew they were on her bad side when she addressed them with their proper name, as in “James!”.

Ellenberger’s husband recalls that Sue was in silent charge of her home. She organized and ran things her way. If someone wasn’t helping, they were calmly confronted to get things done: “So, either help, or get out of the way.”

Ellenberger will be interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Buena Vista.

Ellenberger’s funeral service was held at Faith Lutheran Church, 580 Green Street, Craig on Monday, Sept. 27. A reception for her family and friends was held at Faith Lutheran’s fellowship hall following the service.