The Times-Independent

Gussie ‘Elaine’ Halverson, 1926-2022

Gussie was born on Aug. 30, 1926, in Gordon, Texas to Ismas and Gussie Davis.

She lived her younger years in Texas with her five siblings.

Elaine met the love of her life, Jack Halverson, and was married Aug. 13, 1952. Jack and Elaine moved to Moab in 1953, where they lived in various places around town until they settled in what was known at the time as Cactus Flats. It is now the area known as Spanish Valley.

It was here that Elaine and Jack would make their forever home. In 1953, Jack and Elaine welcomed their daughter Linda to the world.

Elaine never met an animal she didn’t love, and it was with this mindset that she began to gather as many animals as she could. Through the years she had every farm animal imaginable.

So many animals, in fact, that for many years Mrs. Leonard from Helen M. Knight Elementary School would take all the children from kindergarten on a field trip to Elaine’s farm to show the kids all the different animals.

During this time Elaine built a flourishing horse boarding business where people from across the country could stable their horses and even mules and donkeys for the night or longer while passing through town. Elaine owned several horses and donkeys and had many antique carriages and buggies that she loved to put in the local parades.

She was even lucky enough to meet and carry Santa down Main Street in one of her old buggies to greet droves of starry-eyed children.

Elaine was preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband, Jack; and four of her siblings. She is survived by her brother, Don (Belinda) Davis; daughter, Linda Halverson; and grandson, Robby (Julie) Lovato.

Elaine lived a beautiful life with many friends and a family who loved her very much. She will be missed greatly and thought of often.