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Elena Olegovna (Plotnikova) Nguyen

April 3, 1983 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 40) 40 Years Old

Elena Nguyen Obituary

In Loving Memory of Elena Olegovna Nguyen

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Elena Olegovna Nguyen, a remarkable soul whose vibrant spirit touched the lives of all who knew her. Elena, aged 40, departed this world on December 22, 2023, at 6:47 am, surrounded by love and family in Woodland Park, Colorado, succumbing to the battle against stage 4B uterine cancer.

Born on April 3, 1983, in Tolyatti, Russia, to parents Plotnikova Galina Alekseevna, Plotnikov Oleg Mikhailovich. Elena's early years were filled with the joys of sailing and cross-country skiing, passions that would shape her love for adventure and the great outdoors. Her zest for life was infectious, evident in her love for downhill skiing, a pursuit she cherished until the very end.

On June 8, 2005, under the shade of an old oak tree alive during the Civil War and the birth of America, Elena married John Cong Nguyen of Nome, Alaska, in Fairfax, Virginia. Their union was a testament to enduring love and the blending of diverse backgrounds.

Elena was not only a loving wife and mother but a woman of many talents. A graduate of Strayer University with a major in business, she applied her skills to manage several successful food trucks and photography businesses. She also served with dedication as a TSA agent for the Department of Homeland Security and shared her passion for sports photography with Memory Makers. 

Elena, a dedicated security specialist who played a crucial role in safeguarding the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Her meticulous vetting of visitors ensured the safety and integrity of this iconic institution. Elena's commitment to her duty left an indelible mark on the security measures that protect our nation. She will be remembered for her unwavering dedication and contribution to the defense of our country.

Before her diagnosis, Elena generously shared her love for learning as a substitute teacher for the Teller County School System. Her pursuit of knowledge and exploration extended to rockhounding and camping under the stars with a good book, reveling in the freedom of the wind against her face.

Elena is survived by her devoted husband, John Cong Nguyen, her oldest daughter, Vanessa Anya Nguyen, and her second oldest daughter Angelina Tuyet Nguyen. She leaves behind her sister, Plotnikova Svetlana Olegovna, her brother Plotnikov Aleksei Olegovich, both residing in Tolyatti, Russia, Samara Oblast. Also leaving behind her beloved cousins Kononova Maria, Kononova Ekaterina, Medvedeva Maria Valerievna, Klimenko Ekaterina Valerievna.

Services to celebrate Elena's life will be held at Mountain Memorial in beautiful Divide, Colorado, on December 30, 2023, at 3:00 pm. 

May Elena's adventurous spirit and enduring love live on in the hearts of those she touched, and may she find eternal peace in the mountains she loved so dearly.

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December 30, 2023

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mountain Memorial Funeral Home
51 County Road 5
Divide, CO 80814

Funeral Service
December 30, 2023

4:00 PM
Mountain Memorial Funeral Home
51 County Road 5
Divide, CO 80814