Elsie Faye (Hanson) Gabe, age 99, entered into rest on July 24, 2018 at
Hilltop Lodge in Beloit, KS. Elsie was born on May 26, 1919 to Albert and
Elsie (McElroy) Hanson. Her mother died when she was giving birth.
Elsie’s grandparents William F. and Samantha McElroy took on the
responsibility and raiser her until she was thirteen years of age and then
she moved back in with her father. From the time Elsie was a baby she
was given the nickname of “Babe” and to this day most of her family and
friends knew her as “Babe”.
Elsie attended Vicksburg and Rock Hill schools in Randall and graduated
Randall High School in 1938.
After graduation Elsie stayed at home helping out on the farm. She liked
to dance and met Eddie at a dance and that was the beginning of the
courtship. She married her true love on June 4, 1941 and spent 41
delightful years together before his death in 1982. To this union they were
blessed with one son, Randall Edwin Gabe.
Due to her husband being in the service they lived in Cheyenne,
Wyoming, and Olympia, Washington. While in Washington they traveled
to Canada and went sightseeing. In Cheyenne she remembers working
for a high ranking officer taking care of the house and their two children.
She became very fond of the children and hated to leave them when the
time came to move to California. For the next 23 years they lived in Santa
Ana, CA where her husband worked as a butcher. They made several
trips back to Kansas to see their relatives and friends. One of Elsie’s
favorite things to do in California was to go to the beach and go
After losing her husband she took up residence in Jewell, KS. She started
working at the Girls’ Industrial School and worked there for fifteen years.
After retiring from there she did a lot of traveling with a travel group from
Concordia. Lots of her travel was in southern parts of the U.S.A. but has
been to Chicago. Elsie attended the Salem United Methodist Church in
Jewell until the church closed. Elsie then started attending the Jewell
Christian Church as an active member.
For those that knew Elsie she had a great passion to cook and you could
always expect a lovely meal when visiting with her. For sure you never
went away hungry. She had another passion as well and that was
enjoying taking care of her flower garden outside. She always had a
beautiful array of flowers in her front yard and could name each plant if
Preceding her in death her husband Edwin Gabe, June 6, 1982, and her
parents Albert and Elsie Hanson, grandparents William F. and Samantha
McElroy and many other relatives. Her surviving relatives are son,
Randall (Marcia) Gabe.
Funeral Services will be Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jewell
Christian Church. Visitation will be Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 5:00
p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Kleppinger Funeral Home, Jewell. Memorials are
suggested to Solomon Valley
Hospice, Hilltop Lodge or the Randall Cemetery.
Burial will be at the Randall Cemetery.
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