|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1914|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 2008|
Elsbeth Abbey passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at 2:45 a.m.
Elsbeth was born Elsbeth Gwendolyn Abbey on September 11, 1914 in Medon, Ill. to parents Fred and Ora Nutt. She married Donald B. Abbey May 12, 1938.
Elsbeth was well known for her kindness to others, her beautiful smile and the love she gave to her family. She had three children: Janet Rowley of Naples, Fla. and her husband, Charles Rowley, Susan Cluff of Seabrook, Texas and her husband, John Cluff, and Jeff Abbey of Fairfield and his wife, Tina; Elsbeth's six grandchildren: Laura, Patrick, Shanon, Janet, Rachel and Sheena Hope; five great-grandchildren: Tony, Michael, Racshard, Zachary and Rebecca.At age 12, Elsbeth's father, Fred Nutt, started Fairfield Lumber Company in April, 1926. She started working with her father at the Lumber company at an early age and then upon her father's death, she and her husband Donald operated the company until her husband's death and her retirement in 1977.Elsbeth graduated from Fairfield High School in 1933, where she was fondly known as ‘Bub,' and also attended classes at Parsons College.Elsbeth was an excellent cook and was very wellknown for her hospitality. She enjoyed hosting parties and special meals for her family and many close friends. She was active in the First Christian Church, the Jefferson County Hospital Auxiliary and the Fairfield Womens Club. Through all of her activities, she loved watching Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball.
Preceded in death was her husband, Donald Abbey and her son-in-law, Jerry Harris.
Our family would like to thank Elsbeth's caregivers at Sunnybrook Assisted Living, Hospice of Central Iowa and our very dear friend, Juanita Shipler.
The family will be attending a private burial for Elsbeth on Wednesday at Evergreen Cemetery and will then welcome friends at the McElhinny House.
Published in the Ottumwa Daily Courier on 11/10/2008
Donald B Abbey (1916 - 1977)*
Created by: Flintstone
Record added: Nov 10, 2008
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