Sophia (Sophie) Marie Horvath was born June 11, 1987 in Durango, Colorado to Dale and Frances Horvath. The second of five children, she grew up and lived on the Dryside, west of Marvel, Colorado and attended school at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary, Escalante Middle School and Durango High School.
Sophie grew up in a close knit family and community. She was raised on the family farm showing livestock with her siblings in 4-H and helping with farm work. She was well known and an active member of the community in which she resided. She was always excited and ready to help prepare food for community dinners and make homemade ice cream for church events and area socials. She was a member of the Marvel Methodist Church attending service, singing and helping with the annual groundhog suppers. She was always there to lend a helping hand and seldom missed an event. Sophie also participated in Adaptive Sports and Special Olympics where she brought light and happiness to any event she participated in, be it skiing, swimming, bowling or horseback riding.
Happy, chatty and quick to make friends, once people met her, they never forgot her. Often heard before she was seen, when Sophie arrived she came in blazing the way with the rest of the family trailing behind. Music was a gift and Sophie had it in her blood, singing throughout the day and night, which even included late-night karaoke sessions. She knew the greatest of classic country, church hymns, Christmas music and bible school songs by heart. When she heard the word “go,” she was quick to invite herself on any outing, especially if it meant a hamburger and pop were involved. Sophie took after her mom and loved to have any excuse to fire up the old Kitchen aid mixer with a fresh batch of homemade cookies. While eating the dough by the spoonful was a great perk, it was the opening up of her cookie container to share her treats with everyone in sight that brought her the most joy. She even had her own Cookie Club with monthly deliveries so she could enjoy this year round. Sophie loved to be social and spend time around people, helping and adding entertainment however she could. Sophie truly lived for people and brought so much joy to the lives of everyone she met.
On August 7th, 2022 God called Sophie home to sing in heaven. We were fortunate to know and have Sophie in our lives and in our community for 35 years. Sophie will be missed, but never forgotten. Her voice, songs, and good nature will echo on in the hearts and lives of family, friends and community. Her dad will have big shoes to fill, keeping Sophie’s dogs fed and watered and learning to sing the church hymns as Frances practices them for church each week.
Sophie joins her Grandparents: Ray and Nellie Horvath and Pat Greer in heaven. There is no doubt that Sophie will make heaven an even brighter place with her music, contagious laugh and radiant smile. She leaves behind her parents: Dale and Frances Horvath; siblings: Mike Horvath, Emily Horvath, Kerri Jonas (Eric), and Ray Horvath; grandparent Lila Greer, and nephew Jackson Jonas.
Services will be held at the Marvel Methodist Church on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 10 a.m. Wear your favorite shade of purple. Interment will be at Marvel Cemetery followed by a Pizza Party (Pizza, Pepsi and Ice Cream Cones). Out of respect for Sophie, please no side dishes, unless it's cheese puff balls, tic-tacs, or more ice cream (chocolate of course)!
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Marvel Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 122, Marvel, CO 81329 for a new sound system with two large projector screens. Sophie loved life and lived it to the fullest, and will always be remembered!