ELLEN L. DAUFNEY
News Tribune (MN) - October 13, 2004
Ellen L. Daufney, 96, of Grand
Rapids died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 9, 2004 at Grand Village Nursing
Home in Grand Rapids.
She was born on April 1, 1908 in Culver Township, Minn.
She grew up on a farm in Meadowlands, Minn., and attended elementary school
in Meadowlands and high school in Virginia. Completing Duluth State Teachers
College and earning a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of
Minnesota, Duluth with minors in social studies and art, she was an
elementary teacher for 38 years. She taught in Prairie Lake, Brookston and
Cotton, and her last 25 years of teaching were in Calumet.
Married to Byron Daufney in Calumet in June, 1941, she lived there until 1974
when she moved to Grand Rapids. Byron died in 1969. Ellen traveled
extensively, visiting every continent except Antarctica and every major
county other than Russia. She especially enjoyed visiting Austria and Norway.
In Africa, she went on a safari and slept in the bush. For 24 years, she
spent winters in Hawaii. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian
Church, the Eastern Star, a retired member of the American Red Cross
Volunteers, the Senior Singers and the Itasca Committee on Aging. Under her
direction, the Daufney Trust Fund Scholarship was established in 1986, which
provides scholarships to students from Greenway High School to attend Itasca
Community College. In 1972, she was chosen as the Itasca County Teacher of
Preceding Ellen in death were her husband, Byron E. Daufney; parents, August
Jochim and Lydia Koskinen Jochim; one sister, Louise Garland; and a nephew,
Surviving family includes one sister, Ann Borken
of Duluth; and a nephew, Dr. Richard Borken of Lake
MEMORIAL SERVICE:3 p.m. Friday Oct. 15, 2004 in the Chapel at Grand Village
Nursing Home. Burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Coleraine. Ellen requested that
memorials be made in lieu of flowers. Memorials are preferred to Community
Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, 520
NE 2nd Ave., Grand Rapids, MN. 218-326-4000.