Edna Mina Englehart passed away quietly in her sleep on the morning of March 5, 2022, in Aztec, NM, at the age of 90. She was born December 17, 1931, in Ignacio, CO, to Edward and Nellie Wade Miller, but grew up in Oxford, CO. She married Clem Englehart of Cortez, CO, on December 17, 1949.
Mina was preceded in death by Clem, one granddaughter, one grandson, both her parents and eight of her 10 siblings. She is survived by 2 daughters and 2 sons: Marilyn Walden (Larry), Shirley Englehart, Larry Englehart (Kathy), Keith Englehart (Brandy), ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, and her “adopted” daughter Debra Dillashaw.
Mina attended Ignacio H.S. and earned a scholarship to Parks Business College, but she met Clem, a journeyman carpenter, and after a short courtship they married and moved to Dos Palos, CA. They moved many times, following the construction work, eventually ending up in Aztec, NM. She worked for the State of NM Oil Conservation Division for 10 years. Then she transferred to the Eleventh Judicial District Court, as administrative assistant and certified court monitor to a District Judge. She retired from the state after 25 years but continued to work at various jobs. She owned and operated a cosmetic distributorship, she held many part time jobs helping the elderly, she owned a second-hand store for several years, and she worked as a substitute teacher for many years.
Besides her work, she had many hobbies, including gardening, sewing, reading, ceramics, music and dancing, quilting, crocheting, camping, and horseback riding. She traveled extensively in the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Israel. Mina was a true believer in God and raised her children in the First Baptist Church. Later, she studied and became a member of the LDS Church and served a one-year mission in SLC. Mina was very civic minded. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and a leader in the Clever Clovers 4-H club. She belonged to the Pilot Club of the San Juan and served as President for the year 1978-79. She was a member of the Ya Ta Ha Chapter of the ABWA and was named Woman of the Year for 1973. She belonged to the ADDC, the NRA, the FCFRW and worked many years at polling precincts. Mina cared about family. She had great compassion for the elderly and shut-ins who had no family or were in need. She visited them regularly, took them meals from her kitchen, and ran errands for them. Mina will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
A graveside service, conducted by Larry Englehart, will be at 11:00 am on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Greenlawn Cemetery, 1606 N. Dustin Ave, Farmington, NM. Interment will follow. Arrangements are in the care of Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. Farmington, NM, 505-325-8688.