Notes for Elizabeth Marie Trinaistich

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Notes for Elizabeth Marie Trinaistich

Betty loved to cook, and made lots of wonderful things to eat. Most memorable were the desserts -- pies, angel food cake, nut roll (povitica, a Croatian pastry). She cooked dishes from the Old Country of her parents, and New Mexican food from her adopted state.

She was an excellent seamstress, and made many of her own and her daughter's clothes.

She was a gardener. She always had a small vegetable garden, and had fruit and nut trees. But most important were her flower gardens, including a fine rose garden.

She had lots of friends and was very active socially. She was a member of a bridge club for many years, and she and her husband, Len, liked to square dance and were involved in church activities.

She enjoyed traveling, and even traveled around the world twice with her nephew Ernie and others.

And finally, she always worked hard, both around the house and helping out in her husband's business. She was the bookkeeper for Walker Radio Company for many years, and was listed as the president of the company.

She died from aspiration pneumonia -- stomach fluid in her lungs -- at the age of 92. This was the culmination of a problem she had for several years before she died -- she had problems with swallowing and with choking on phlegm that built up in her throat. She was confined to a wheelchair for several years before her death, and eventually couldn't even get around by wheelchair any more and was bedridden. She also developed diabetes late in life.

Newspaper article (don't know what paper, or the date, but the wedding was 20 Oct 1926):


A pretty fall wedding will be solemnized this evening at five o'clock at the Catholic Church when Miss Elizabeth Trinaistich will become the bride of Mr. Leonard Wilson. Mr. and Mrs. John McKelvey will act as matron of honor and groomsman.

Miss Trinaistich will wear a smart frock of jungle green flat crepe with accessories to match, and will carry a shower bouquet of Ophelia roses.

At 6:30 a five course wedding supper will be served at the home of Mr. Wilson's mother, Mrs. E. W. Cookingham on Topeka Ave. Covers will be laid for sixty. A lovely color scheme of blue and white will be effectively carried out, and an elaborately frosted brides cake will grace the center of the table.

Miss Trinaistich is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Trinaistich of Trinidad. She is a graduate of Trinidad High School and since her graduation has been employed as bookkeeper at the Trinidad Creamery.

Mr. Wilson is the son of Mrs. E. W. Cookingham of Topeka Ave. He too received his education here and graduated from T. H. S. He holds a position of bookkeeper at the Trinidad Creamery.

The happy couple will leave immediately for a ten days honeymoon trip thru the northern part of the state. They will take up their residence in Trinidad.

Newspaper article from the Albuquerque Journal on 31 Oct 1976:

Anniversary Date Noted By Wilsons

In celebration of their golden wedding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. Wilson, 221 Washington NE, were honored at a mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, followed by a reception in the Hilton Inn's Cabaret Lounge.

The couple was married at Trinidad, Colo., on Oct. 20, 1926. They have been residents of Albuquerque since 1947.

Hosts for the observance were their sons, Donald and his wife Audrey of Albuquerque, James and his wife Susie of Phoenix, Ariz., and their daughter Dorothy of Albuquerque. There are twograndchildren [sic].

Attending the reception were approximately 115 guests from California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

The name on her death certificate is Elizabeth Marie Wilson. Cause of death was aspiration pneumonia. She died at St. Joseph Medical Center.
The name on her birth certificate is just Elizabeth Trinaistich. Does that mean that officially she had no middle name?
Headstone of her grave says Elizabeth M. WILSON, 1904 - 1997.

1930 census
Listed as Elizabeth Wilson, age 25, age 22 at marriage, born in Colorado, both parents born in Austria [actually, Croatia, which was part of the Austrian empire at the time]. Living with her husband, Leonard E. Wilson, and child.

1940 census
Listed as Elizabeth Wilson, age 35, born in Colorado. Lived in Clovis, NM, in 1935. Living with her husband, Leonard Wilson, their children, and a niece and nephew [children of her sister, Mary, who had died].

Note: Some of the information in these pages is uncertain. Please let me know of errors or omissions using the email link above.    ...Mike Wilson

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