Elsie Dora Crandall Dawe, 92, of Burwell, Nebraska died May 4, 2011 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2011 at the Burwell Baptist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Stan Gurney and Pastor Jerry White will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Community Memorial Health Center or the Gideon International.
Elsie was born January 30, 1919 in St. Paul, Nebraska to William and Anna (Johnson) Hood. The family moved from St. Paul to Wolbach when Elsie was a year old and at the age of seven they moved to the family ranch Northwest of Burwell where she grew to womanhood. Elsie attended District 32 Lone Star School through the 8th grade.
Elsie married George Ernest Dawe on June 23, 1943 at St. Paul, Nebraska. They lived near the Calamus River with George’s folks for the first four years after they were married and then they moved east of his folks for two years. In the spring of 1949 they moved north of Burwell, where her son Ken and Myrna live now. George died on November 27, 1966. Elsie moved to Burwell in the spring of 1968. On January 8, 1972 Elsie marred Merlin “Bud” Crandall in Burwell, Nebraska. Bud died on November 4, 1981.
Elsie was a housekeeper at the Burwell Hospital and nursing home for twenty six years, retiring in 1994. She attended the Gold Standard Sunday School was a member of the Berean Fundamental Church in Burwell until its closing and then attended the Evangelical Free Church in Taylor for awhile.
Elsie enjoyed watching birds, raising chickens, gardening, quilting, embroidering and plants. Elsie was a kind person and was faithful to her Lord.
Elsie is survived by four children; Donald and Janet Dawe of Burwell, Nebraska, Kenneth and Myrna Dawe of Burwell, Nebraska, Donna Sears of Bartlett, Nebraska and Linda and Gary Mackrill of Cathay, North Dakota. 12 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. A sister, Lula Black of Burwell, Nebraska. A sister-in-law, Doris Hood of Ogallala, Nebraska and nephews, nieces and cousins.
Elsie was preceded in death by two husbands, George and Merlin, an infant son, Ronald, three brothers, William, Herman and Norman Hood, a sister, Edna Loeffler and a son-in-law, Ray Sears.