Elsie Mae RICHARDSON, daughter of David Henry and
Luella (GRAHAM) CALDWELL, was born April 21, 1897 at Caledonia, Iowa and
peacefully departed this life April 14, 1981 at her home in Mount Ayr. She was 83 years, 11 months and 24 days of age at
Elsie received her education in schools of Ringgold County and attended Normal School at Mount Ayr. As a
young woman she followed a deep religius faith into the waters of baptism and became a member of the Methodist Church at
Caledonia where she later shared her faith for years as a Sunday school teacher. Upon moving to Mount Ayr in 1968, Elsie
attended the First Baptist church where she continued in attendance as long as her health permitted. On Dec 25, 1917 she
was joined in marriage to
Fred Lee RICHARDSON, who like herself was a lifelong Ringgold county resident. Until Fred's
passing on March 11, 1954 thier years together were spent at their farm in Riley Township where many friends and family
often enjoyed warm hospitality.
Having no children of her own, Elsie was known affectionately to her nieces and nephews
as "Aunt Elsie". As these matured, married, and had children of their own, "Aunt Elsie" was always remembered by all with
special affection and respect.
Other than her parents, Elsie is preceded in death by her brothers, Burr and Clyde CALDWELL,
and a sister Bertha SHIELDS HOOVER. Surviving are a brother,
Glen CALDWELL and his wife Velma, and a sister, Irma SMITH
all of Mount Ayr; a sister-in-law, Fern (Mrs Clyde ) CALDWELL of Gresham, Oregon, and a brother-in-law Homer RICHARDSON of
Elsie was laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, leaving a long list of additional friends and
neighbors whose lives she affectionately touched, warmed, and uplifted, who now with her family cherish a rich legacy of
her Christian friendship.
Funeral services were held at 3 PM, Saturday, April 18, 1981 from Rhoades-Wilson Funeral Home
in Mount Ayr. It was conducted by Rev. Norman NOBLE and Rev. Paul CARTER.
Music was by organist, Mike GREENE, and
vocalist Mrs. Elbert STRANGE. Casketbearers were Bob YOUNG, Lyle CALDWELL, Jack CALDWELL, Victor SHIELDS, Charles SHIELDS
and Robert RICHARDSON.
Submission by Mrs. Andy (Joyce) JOHNSTON, September 1, 2008
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