Elysia Buffington Moyle, 40Elysia Buffington Moyle, 40, Bismarck, North Dakota, was called home to her heavenly Father on February 23, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Elysia Buffington Moyle, 40, Bismarck, North Dakota, was called home to her heavenly Father on February 23, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
A funeral service was held Saturday, February 27 at First United Methodist Church in Bismarck with the Rev. Kermit Culver officiating. Burial will be at a later date at First Lutheran Cemetery in Kensington.
Elysia was born February 1, 1970 in Morris to William and Cherryl Madison. She was welcomed home by her beloved sister, Christi, who became her lifelong protector and supporter. Elysia was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Kensington. The family moved to San Jose, CA and later to Bismarck, ND where Elysia graduated from Bismarck High School in 1988. She later graduated with degrees in sociology and social work from the University of Minnesota, Morris and the University of Mary, Bismarck.
On July 3, 1993 she was married to Rob Moyle in Bismarck, where they made their home. They were blessed with a daughter, Breanna, on March 2, 1995 and Elysia began her most fulfilling role as a mother to her precious “Bre.” A second union to Darren Buffington on February 14, 1999 blessed her again with a stepdaughter, Dana. Elysia enjoyed vacationing and spending time with family and friends, especially swimming and water skiing at the family cabin on Brush Lake.
Elysia began her career as a licensed social worker for the Standing Rock Tribe. For the past several years she has been a therapeutic social worker for PATH, Inc. in Bismarck. She was devoted to helping “her children” and formed lasting bonds with many. Elysia was especially proud to be “Auntie” to her special Christy Garreau. Elysia was so grateful for the love and lasting friendships of her coworkers and foster parents at PATH.
Though a professional social worker, Elysia’s compassion, sensitivity and gentleness was also the manner in which she lived her life. A leader and mentor, she fully embraced life and all its adventures as well as expressing her artistic talents in playing the piano and painting. In her illness she demonstrated courage with a positive attitude and never saw herself as a victim. Elysia left a legacy of wonderful memories, which we now celebrate and cherish.
Blessed to have shared her life is her daughter, Breanna; parents, Bill (Joy) Madison, Modesto, CA and Cherryl (Ritchie) Johnson, Hoffman; sister, Christi (Henry) Blaskowski, Shakopee; grandmother, Blanche Goodwin, Hoffman; and each of her special friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews whom she loved and appreciated.
Elysia was preceded in death by her grandparents, Francis Goodwin and Ed and Irma Madison; uncle, David Goodwin; and aunt, Dianne Hedstrom.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Elysia’s favorite charity, the Make a Wish Foundation, 1102 43rd St. S, Suite E, Fargo, ND 58103.
Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guestbook and view flower and tribute photos.
Arrangements are with Weigel Funeral Home in Mandan.
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