Cozad Resident: Elvira Barela, age 70 (1942-2013)

Elvira Barela, 70, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Saturday, March 9th, 2013, at the Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

Elvira was born March 31st, 1942, at Big Springs, Texas, to Natividad and Vicenta (Jaure) Barela. She attended school in the Big Springs area.

Following her education, Elvira moved with her dad to Cozad where she lived and raised her family. Elvira never married, but maintained a committed relationship with Juan Sanchez, their companionship spanned over 45 years. Elvira’s life was blessed with four children, Elva, Armando, Joe “Chief” and Jesse. While in Cozad, Elvira worked at Cozad Floral, cleaned houses and did some work briefly as a CNA at the Southview Manor.

Elvira was a dedicated and loving mother. She worked hard and always sought to instill that same work ethic in all of her children. She always enjoyed growing plants, which was something she did a lot of while working at Cozad Floral. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Elvira was preceded in death by her parents; companion Juan Sanchez; daughter, Elva; two sons, Armando and Joe; five brothers, Martin, Lorenzo, Juan, Manuel and Oswaldo; and a sister, Gloria Cavitt.

Survivors include her son, Jesse Barela of Morrison, Colorado; three grandchildren, Jade, Christian and Tyler; one great-grandchild, Aaron; along with many other relatives and friends.

Graveside inurnment services will be held on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cozad Cemetery with Father Don O’Brien officiating.

Visitation for memorial book signatures will be Tuesday, March 12th, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at


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