She was the consummate homemaker, Elsie’s kitchen was her office. It’s where she cooked, making her home smell of chicken soup, pot roasts and cinnamon buns, but, more importantly, it’s where she used her powerful listening skills. She was generous with her time and attention. She “collected” people throughout her life, hardly ever leaving the produce section without having made a new friend. Her dry sense of humor was always nearby. She had a love of words, her dictionary was her friend and she did crossword puzzles in ink. She was feisty till the end; figuring that 6 days of hospice was sufficient she took the 7th off for services at Bethesda Methodist Church. Elsie loved her church family.
She was the wife of the late Jenkin. As Lakes go she jokingly called him Erie, she was Superior. Their union was blessed by daughters, Judith Osborn (James) and the late Gwen Lake, and two grandchildren, Karen and Jimmy Osborn. She is survived by her sister, Elaine Theisen and was pre deceased by sister Mildred Waldron and brother Bud Gindhart.
Come celebrate 91 motherly years Sunday 4-6 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro where there will be a service at 11:00 a.m.. Interment Eglington Cemetery. Tell a great story about Elsie at lifecelebrationstudio.com.