Elva Maureen Sindar (nee Winder) was born on October 18th, 1955, as the only daughter of Furn and Eva Winder. She was the sixth of seven children and is the fifth of seven to join her family in peaceful rest. On January 11th, 2024, Elva joined her parents, her five older brother (Ivan, Riley, Roy, Wayne, and Kenneth), and her grandson in heaven. Elva passed away quickly and peacefully in her home.
Elva followed in her family’s footsteps as a natural caretaker becoming a nurse after graduating from Churchill County High School in 1973. Following high school Elva attended Brigham Young University and then got her associate in nursing at Truckee Meadows Community College, a part of the first class to graduate from the nursing program. Elva was always there to provide medical advice and support to family and friends when needed. She was still working as a clinical procedure nurse in the Washoe County School District and as a home health nurse at Maxim Health Services at the time of her death.
Elva was also an avid scouter having served as a Den Mother for many years during her children’s youth. Elva loved a quiz show (most especially Wheel of Fortune) a trait which seems to have been passed to her youngest daughter.
Elva’s greatest love was her grandchildren as she delighted in everything they did and every opportunity she could enjoy being with them. Elva especially enjoyed crafting with her grandchildren and was a fan of crocheting blankets. This also included her grand puppy whom she got to enjoy cuddling with days before her passing.
Elva made her home in Reno, Nevada saying it gave her enough space to be independent while being close enough to support her family members in Fallon (because she could not drive as quickly as her brothers). Her children remain there, and she is survived by Cheryl (Vaisaulu), Linda, Nathan (Kylie), and Joyce (Ethan). She is also survived by one grandson, two granddaughters, and a grandpuppy. She is also survived by her older brother Dan (Norma) and her baby brother Walter (Sonja) many many nieces, nephews, and greats.
Elva was an avid genealogist and strove to pass down family stories every opportunity she was given. One of her favorite past times was taking photos of old family photos to share on facebook and social media, always providing a bit more information and context than even the oldest of the family members knew. In addition, Elva was a member of the daughters of the Utah Pioneers for most of her life. This love of genealogy led to a love of road trips, particularly ones where she could point at the side of the road and say, “did you know...?” about any family member.
Elva leaves behind a legacy of service and would wish for that legacy to continue. Services will be held on Friday January 26th at 2955 Rock Boulevard in Sparks with a viewing at 12 pm and memorial at 1 pm. An additional service will be held on Saturday January 27th at 750 W. Richards Street in Fallon with a viewing at 12 pm and memorial at 1 pm., following the memorial Elva will be interred with a graveside Dedication near her parents and brothers in the Churchill County Cemetery. Receptions will follow both services.