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Sopris, Elizabeth Lloyd Allen, (Mrs. Richard)

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Sopris, Elizabeth Lloyd Allen, (Mrs. Richard)

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Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Sopris, Hazard, Cushman
Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., 12/21/1911 Page 8


"Grand Old Lady" of Pioneer Societies Narrowly Missed 100-Year Mark.

Land Taken By Husband in Early Days Now Near Heart of City's Business Section.

Mrs. Elizabeth Lloyd Allen Sopris, widow of a former mayor and a pioneer of Denver, died Monday night at her home, 1337 Stout Street, which occupies a portion of the homestead taken up by her husband thrity-six years ago.

Mrs. Sopris was known as the "Grand Old Lady" of the Pioneer Ladies' Aid Society and of the Colorado Pioneers' Association, for she was 97 years old, and up to a few days before her death gave every indication of living to be 100, which was her desire. The cold weather brought on bronchitis which so undermined her health that she could not recover.

Of all the pioneer women of Denver, Mrs. Sopris was the best known. She was born in Trenton, N. J., February 15, 1815, and married the late Richard Sopris in that city June 5, 1836, and that same year they moved to Indiana, where their eight children were born.

Husband Kansas Legislator.
They moved to Kansas in the early days, where Richard Sopris became a member of the territorial legislature, and was in the first legislature to sit in the present state capitol in Topeka. In 1860 they came by ox team to Denver, and Sopris was a member of the Colorado Constitutional Convention, for two terms Sheriff of old Arapahoe County, Mayor of Denver and Park Commissioner for nine years.

They celebrated their golden wedding in Denver, in 1886, when 250 guests were present, and seven years later, Sopris died.

Mrs. Sopris was prominent in the Congregational Church, in all charitable work, and in the movements of the Pioneers.

Survived by Five Children.
She is survived by five children--George Sopris, a Denver attorney; S. T. Sopris, a Denver real estate man; Mrs. Samuel Cushman of Denver, E. B. Sopris, a real estate dealer in Trinidad, and L. S. Sopris of Paris, Texas. There are twelve grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, the latter being the son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Hazard of Brooklyn, N. Y.

The funeral will take place from the house tomorrow at 2 o'clock.

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