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Della Sofay McKenzie

Birth date: April 18, 1925
Death date: May 14, 2012

McKenzie, Della Sofay Gilbertson, 87, of Littleton, Colorado passed away Monday May 14, 2012 at Porter Hospice.

Della was born on April 18, 1925 to Albert and Clara Gilbertson, who farmed near Sharon, ND. She attended a one room elementary school and graduated from Sharon High School in 1943. She matriculated from Concordia College in Minnesota with a degree in Home Econmics. Della married her high school sweetheart, James Junior McKenzie, from Sharon in 1947 after he returned from the Navy. They honeymooned in Niagra Falls and returned to Sharon and worked at the McKenzie family business. Della also did substitiute teaching in the Sharon schools. Within a few years, they headed to California with $100.00 in their pockets (so the story goes). They eventually settled in Northern CA where they adopted Nancy Sofay in 1960 and Emmett James in 1962. In 1974, they moved to Denver, Colorado.

Della was a dedicated homemaker during Nancy and Emmett's school years. She was a gifted seamstress and cook. She continued making many of the traditional Norwegian dishes that she grew up eating. She was active in her Presbyterian Church women's groups and choirs in both California and Colorado. She volunteered at the kids' schools, clubs and delivered "Meals on Wheels." She took her first "formal" job at the Association of Operating Room Nurses when her kids were out of school and she was divorced.

She is survived by her children: Emmett McKenzie (Connie Rabb), Littleton, CO; Nancy McKenzie (Darla Vercruysse) Denver, CO; grandchildren: Tyler McKenzie, Luke McKenzie, Marlie Stoddard McKenzie and Connie's daughter, Morgan McKean. Many nieces and nephews also survive. She was proceeded in death by her parents; husband of 35 years; sister: Alpha Gilbertson, Mabel Anderson, Helen Oby; brother: Arvid Gilbertson; niece: Mary Anderson and nephews: Richard Anderson, Wayne Oby.

Alzheimer's Association of Colorado 455 Sherman Street, Suite 500 Denver Colorado 80203
Donations in honor of Della Sofay Mckenzie can made to Alzheimer's Association of Colorado.

2:00 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Denver First Church 3800 East Hampden Avenue Englewood Colorado 80113 (map/driving directions)