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Sylvia Pargin


Longtime area resident Sylvia Pargin died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Gingrich Home for the Elderly in Farmington. She was 93.

Mrs. Pargin was born to W.D. and Anna Cooper on May 31, 1919, in Stigler, Okla. She was one of nine children.

On April 21, 1935, she married Charles Pargin in Pagosa Springs in an Easter Sunday double wedding with her sister.

Mr. and Mrs. Pargin were children of early pioneers in Southwest Colorado. They raised their family on the ranch at Pargin’s Lake, 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs.

“Sylvia married young and approached life and family as a partnership, taking her role as wife, mother and grandmother very seriously,” her family said. “She was an excellent caregiver, cook and homemaker.”

The Pargins sold the ranch and retired near Cortez in 1964, later moving to Cedar Hill, N.M.

“Charles and Sylvia enjoyed traveling and gardening, making many trips with their Airstream across the Northern Hemisphere, traveling from Alaska to the Yucatan,” her family said. “With their strong faith, they also traveled to Israel to visit the birthplace of their Savior.”

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Pargin, at 87, continued to enjoy travel.

“Particularly fond of islands she had read about in Avonlea books, she visited Prince Edward Island and St. Thomas Island,” her family said.

She continued to live in her home until the age of 92, when she moved to the Gingrich Home.

Mrs. Pargin was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Charles Pargin; and grandson Larry Kingsley.

She is survived by her daughters Dolly Dillinger of Pagosa Springs, Charlotte Metz of Cedar Hill and Shirley Kingsley of Monte Vista; brothers John Cooper of Sandy, Utah, and Joe Cooper of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at her daughter Charlotte Metz’s home, No. 21 Road 2358 in Cedar Hill. A noon meal will be served afterward.

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