Mary Lou Elliott, 87, passed away April 6 at her residence in Gunnison, Colo.

She was born in Doyleville, Colo., daughter of the late Harold Leno Medrano and Lucille Grace Medrano.

In second grade, she moved to Gunnison. She started working in kitchens and waited tables until she met and married Alvin in 1950. She was a very hard worker all of her life. Mary Lou and her late husband, Alvin Clifford Elliott operated a trucking business for 57 years.

She was a lifetime member of the Gunnison Elks Ladies, Gunnison County Pioneer and Historical Society and the Rebekah Lodge.

Mary Lou had great spirit and compassion for life! She loved bowling, fishing, camping and the great outdoors. Her wood chopping abilities were amazing right into her late 70’s! She loved to watch the birds and the deer. Her door was always open, food ready and a big smile on her face. Her philosophy was the more the merrier! She never used a recipe, it was always a “pinch, dash and feel” when she was cooking. She was a big fan of the Rockies, Broncos and apple fritters!

Her favorite holidays were April Fool’s Day, making Mayday baskets, Christmas, decorating eggs for Easter and dressing up at Halloween. She loved playing jokes and tricks on people and even managed to pull some off this April on her nurses.

She is survived by two siblings; Mary Blanch Hopper and Bill Medrano. Four children; Jolene Elliott of Gunnison, Colo.; Curtis and Cathie Elliott of Gunnison, Colo.; Joy and Dean Thompson of Eden, Utah; Jeanette Elliott and Kim Goodwin of Durango, Colo. Five grandchildren; Lachele Young, Crystal and Ryan Kempton, Audrie and Josh Townsend and Blake and Brooke Thompson and three great-grand sons, Brantley and Levi Townsend and Wyatt Kempton.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Clifford Elliott, parents Leno Medrano and Lucille Medrano, siblings Leno Medrano, Ralph Medrano, Leno Junior Medrano, Muriel Medrano, and Spencer Medrano.

Services will be held at the Gunnison Cemetery on June 8 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Rick Barton celebrating her life.

In lieu of flowers or gifts memorial contributions may be made to our extended Hospice family who shared and cared for our parents over the last 10 years: Hospice of the Gunnison Valley, 509 West Virginia Ave., Gunnison, Colorado, 81230.