Elsie Elaine Lyon White, age 88, born January 13, 1929 passed away on April 5, 2017 at Brookdale Liberal Springs in Liberal, Kansas.
Elsie was born northwest of Greensburg, Ks at home. Elsie grew up in eastern Kansas and graduated from Wellsville High school and attended Kansas State Teacher College in Emporia, Ks and taught in a little country grade school in Franklin County.
When Elsie started dating Wilbur while she was teaching at Briles School in Franklin County. Wilbur would fly out to court Elsie in the early days. It was not unheard of for Elsie to let students out early when Wilbur flew in.
Elsie married Wilbur Wayne White on August 27, 1950 in Paola, Ks in the Methodist Church. Shortly thereafter they moved to the White Farm in Moscow, Ks. Elsie and Wilbur raised Ford, Wilbur’s youngest brother along with their three boys. Edward in 1952, Richard in 1955 and Earl in 1957. Wilbur and Elsie were married for 55 years.
Elsie was a member of the Methodist Church in Moscow and a lay member who attended the annual conference. Elsie was also a member of the Kansas Chapter of the International Flying Farmers and served many office within the chapter. She was a member of the Kansas Soil Conservation, Women’s Auxiliary, she also hosted a foreign exchange student Anssi Halminen of Helsinki, Finland. Elsie enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, active in the Moscow Zippers 4-H club and belongs to the friendly Neighbors Extension Homemakers Unit. She so loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren which brought great joy into her life.
Elsie in preceded in death by her parents, Lionel and Rheta Lyon, her husband Wilbur, Sister, Willa Jensen and great grandson, Conner White.
Survivors include: Ford White of Hugoton, sons, Edward & Janet White of Moscow, Ks, Richard & Cathy White of San Antonio, Tx, Earl & Deborah White of Gilbert, Az, her sisters Nellie Faye Simmons of Claremore, Ok and Clarene Prothe of Paola, Ks. Grandchildren: Brad White of Dodge City, Craig & Velvet White of Windsor, Co, Doug & Jennifer White of Oklahoma City, Ok, Crystal White of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania & Elizabeth White of Hyattsville, Maryland; Great Grandchildren: Hailey, Talley, Brayden, Ethan, Kaylee, Hannah, Ryder & Lauchlan.
Funeral Services will be held on Moscow Baptist Church on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM with burial to follow at the Moscow Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday 4PM to 8PM at the funeral home.
Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.