Nov. 25, 1919 - May 21, 2011
Elsie Slusher passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Country View Senior Care in Walla Walla, where she was living since July of 2010.
Elsie was born Nov. 25, 1919, in Crow Agency, Mont., the daughter of German immigrants from Gnadentau, Russia. The family later moved to a rural farm near Sheridan, Wyo., where Elsie graduated from eighth grade. She worked on the farm and at home until attending beauty college. She then worked as a beautician in Sheridan. At 23 years old, Elsie married "Doc" (M.F.) Slusher in Seattle on Dec. 18, 1942. They had three children. Elsie and Doc moved to the Quincy area in 1952 where Elsie was a homemaker and was involved in her children's school. She was a Camp Fire Girls leader for many years. She was an excellent cook and was known for her baking. Elsie was also a master seamstress. She knitted, crocheted, did embroidery work, grew flowers to enjoy and share with others, and was involved with her neighbors and church family.
The family moved to their apple orchard on Frenchman Hills and soon after Doc retired from dental practice to grow apples full time. Elsie found great joy in the lives of her grandchildren and they treasure the memories of their visits to "Grammy's house at the orchard. Elsie and Doc were divorced in 1977. She lived there until the sale of the orchard in 1991 and moved to George and finally to Quincy.
Elsie was a member of Christ the Savior Lutheran Church in George and was active in teaching Sunday school, growing and arranging flowers for church, embroidering altar cloths and sewing with the church quilting group that met weekly to make quilts for the needy until her illness (dementia) began to appear in 2009. She was able to live independently until March 2010, when her family began to take care of her at her home. The dementia progressed very rapidly and Elsie moved to a group home in Walla Walla near her daughter where she received the specialized loving care she needed.
Elsie is survived by her three children, Leon Slusher, Quincy, Judie Slusher Jud of Walla Walla, and Jesse Slusher of Quincy; 10 grandchildren including Jacob Smith and Joel Smith, both of Walla Walla; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Elsie loved the Lord Jesus and lived a life of service to her family and loved ones. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her dearly but all are rejoicing that she is now seeing and hearing clearly and understanding everything as she sees Jesus face to face.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 1 p.m. at Faith Community Church in Quincy, Wash.