Elsie Lee Marshall
September 24, 1934 - July 28, 2021
Burial Office, Holy Trinity Parish, Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:30 am
Graveside Committal, Allen Cemetery, Saturday, September 18, 12:00 noon
Elsilee Marshall passed away on July 28, 2021. She was born on September 24, 1934 to Edward Lee and Alma B. (Engelhardt) Marshall.
After graduating from Quincy High School, Elsie went on to study at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, where she earned degrees in English and Journalism. Elsie traveled extensively, teaching English all over the world in places like the Philippines, Turkey, and Germany. Ever the photographer, she delighted in capturing life on film during her adventures. Eventually she returned with her pictures and stories to the States, where she settled down in her hometown to care for her parents as they grew older.
A woman of many passions, Elsie also developed an interest in genealogy and documented the family history in meticulous detail. She was additionally an accomplished seamstress and quilter, always eager to share her skills with others. Not only did she sew for her many nieces and nephews, but when they themselves grew up and had children of their own, she created beautiful clothing for a whole new generation, too—a handcrafted legacy of needle and thread. Elsie adored cooking, and her delicious carrot casserole and plum pudding always earned second helpings at the family holiday meal.
And, of course, those close to her will forever remember "the teacher look," a particular facial expression she'd developed over the years that communicated a whole world of love and thought intended to help shape those around her.
Elsie selflessly sacrificed in order to care for others, ever searching for new ways to contribute and share her abundant affection and varied interests. Nothing brought her more joy than helping her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews explore their nascent talents; she gave generously in hopes of nurturing their education and gifts, for which they remain grateful to this day.
Elsie was a wise teacher, a storied traveler, a talented creative, and a doting auntie. She was greatly loved, and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by four nieces and nephews, Eric (Marsha Baum) Marshall, Brian (Sharon Fitzhugh) Marshall, Van (Kristy Bytwerk) Marshall Jr., and Ami (Brendan) Berry; grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Ethan, Janelle (Tyler) Harris, Alex, Jesse, Shelby, Abby (Kalen) Oswald, Jessie (Mike) Charalambous, Beth, James, Liam, and Kate. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and nephew Garrett.
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