Ella C. Farka, age 92, of Alexandria, died on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at her home.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Alexandria Covenant Church with Pastor Trinity Opp and Pastor Brian Farka officiating. Music is provided by pianist, Nancy Holm and vocalist, Katie Farka. Ella’s service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on her obituary page on the funeral home’s website. Interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Ella Carolina was born on March 7, 1930, to John and Amelia (Ruff) Elhard in Jamestown, North Dakota. She graduated from Jamestown High School in 1948. Following her graduation, she worked in Minneapolis for a short time before moving to Tracy, California. Ella was united in marriage to Ward William Farka on November 28, 1950, in Tracy, California. Following their marriage, they lived in Tracy and Modesto, California before moving to Minneapolis in 1951. They lived in Jamestown, North Dakota for a short time before settling in Spokane, Washington in 1958, where they lived for over 60 years. While Ella stayed at home to raise her children, she also ran several home businesses (photo retouching, photo coloring, camp cook, and artist). In 2019, they moved to Alexandria, Minnesota to be closer to family. She was a member of the Alexandria Covenant Church and a former charter member of Northview Bible Church in Spokane. Ella was a former member of the Tri County Art Association in Deer Park, Washington and Spokane Watercolor Society. She enjoyed painting and drawing.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and nine siblings.
Ella is survived by her husband of 71 years, Ward; four children, Lane (Debbie) Farka of Spangle, Washington, Brian (Joyce) Farka of Alexandria, Lee (Deb) Farka of San Antonio, Texas, and Brent (Christine) Farka of Las Vegas, Nevada; three siblings, Adeline Banttari of Bayport, Minnesota, Robert Elhard of Oceanview, Hawaii, and Esther (Wayne) Docktor of Phoenix, Arizona; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.