Elaine Martin Dallas, a resident of Central, passed into eternal life early Monday morning, December 28, 2020, at her residence, with her daughter at her side. Elaine was 98.
Elaine was born October 26, 1922 in Central. She was the oldest of eleven children born to Joseph Abner Martin and Mary Ann Jenkins. Elaine attended schools in Central, Artesia, Pima, and Thatcher, later graduating from high school as the salutatorian in 1939 and from Gila Junior College (Eastern Arizona College) in 1941. She worked at the college, the courthouse in Safford and the REA Co-op in Pima. Elaine married Keith Dallas in August of 1947 and to their union was blessed with four children, Wayne (Roxanne), Robert, Yvonne and Vickie Winkel (Ron). Their family relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1957. Elaine worked for the State of Colorado for 21 years. Following her retirement, she and Keith purchased a home in Central where she has wintered since 1993. Elaine was known for crocheting, sewing, quilting, fiddling, family history, reading, bowling, her apple pie, and traveling with friends and family in her later years.
Elaine is survived by: her four children; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her four siblings, Phil Martin (Kay), Marva Bryce (Carl), Russell (Ina) and Merna Hubbard (Edd). Elaine is preceded in death by: her husband, Keith; and her seven siblings, Lavell, Hoyt, Hugh, Alvin, Erma, Farrel and Gerald.
Funeral services for Elaine will be conducted Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at Vining Funeral Home’s “Chapel of the Valley” by Kyle Kempton. Concluding services will follow in the Central Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., also at the funeral home. Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on Vining Funeral Home's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/viningfuneral, Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. (MST). The family suggests please send donations in memory of Elaine Dallas be made to the Caruso Family Charities, 9138 West 6th Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80215, carusofamilycharities.org, or at https://www.gofundme.com/f/memory-of-elaine-dallas?qid=6540ba20fafa19ae90be7092970a4e9f.