|Birth: ||May 26, 1892|
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1976|
Elsie Myrtle Gamble was born to Samatha Adeline Sadler and Luther William Gamble and was the oldest of 15 children. She moved from Georgia to Nevada, Missouri at an early age, and grew up and attended Coty College there, studying to become a nurse. She married a student doctor by the name of Lee Phelps secretly while in school, but somehow her father found out and brought her home in anger. Lee Phelps then was called into the service (World War I) and was killed before the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Adeline Lee (Bette.)
Brothers and Sisters were: Leslie Wadsworth, Charles Edward, Jessie Gladys, Lenna Ocie, Naomi Mae, Bonnie Lou, Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Wesley, Lenora Eva, Roy Allen, Willard Estes, Leota Marceline, Joseph Eugene, and Luther Lincoln. They lived in a huge home in Nevada, Mo, with the entrance marked by two marble lions and later stored in California. Their weight is estimated to be about 1700 lbs. They employed a full-time seamstress to clothe the large family, buying material by the bolt.
Elsie met and married Charles Thomas Neff, in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, about 1919. He was 20 years older than she. She had nursed his first wife just before her death. Children born to them were Rosemary, Charles T. Jr., and John Franklin. Her husband was Branch Manager of the Bell Telephone Company and they lived in Poplar Bluff, Mo, until he quit and moved with his family to Seattle Washington in 1929, then to Texas during the Great Depression.
After her husband's death in December 1938, she worked first as a Dietician at the County Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, then, during World War II, worked as an inspector at Consolidated Aircraft. She moved back to Seattle, Washington, about 1943 to be with her family, taking son John, and resumed her nursing career. While spending the summer at her sister's summer home in Hansville, she met Charles Fleetwood Walters, Officer in Charge of the U.S.C.G. Lighthouse, which was next door and married him in Shelton, Washington, about 1948. After his retirement, they built a home in Hansville. He died in 1962 and is buried in Willamett National Cemetery in Willamett, Oregon. Elsie continued living in Hansville until 1973, when she left to live with daughter Rosemary, then went into a nursing home following surgery which left her incognizant, and died in 1976 of pneumonia.
She was a member of The Eastern Star, going through all the chairs; was a devout Christian, a famed cook and gardener and utterly charming. She was a happy, gay person, an eternal optimist with a winning personality – her many friends described her as a charming scatterbrain, for she was not a business woman. Her hobbies were oil painting (her landscapes were beautiful and she had several showings,) ceramics (she gave them away as fast as she made them,) and gardening. She always had flowers and could make anything grow. She was a woman of great beauty and still retained her loveliness until the time of her death, flawless complexion, amber hair and eyes, and was remembered lovingly by her children, family, and friends.
Charles Fleetwood Walters (1890 - 1962)
Charles Thomas Neff (1872 - 1938)*
Rosemary Neff Crawford (1920 - 1988)*
Charles Neff (1922 - 1990)*
Created by: Larry & Gerry
Record added: Sep 02, 2007
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