FIFE LAKE — Elsie Gauld, 91, a resident of Fife Lake most of her life, passed away peacefully, ending her battle with cancer on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, with loved ones and friends by her side.
Elsie was born on Sept. 3, 1921, in Barryton, to the late Archie and Ethel (Gilchrist) Harper. On March 25, 1939, in Fife Lake, she was united in marriage to her loving husband, Stanley Arthur Gauld, who preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 1988.
She worked at and retired after many years from Manton Industries and was always a cheerful giver with a perpetual smile, lending a listening ear and helping hand to all around her.
Elsie can be remembered as a woman of great and unconditional love, too. More than anything else she treasured the times with family and friends. Her greatest joy was sharing time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Those visits brought her a special joy, bringing a smile to her face every time.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her; she was a truly wonderful wife and mother.
God saw Elsie was getting tired and a cure was not to be. So, he put his arms around her and whispered, “It’s time to come to me.” With tearful hearts we prayed for her and hoped that she would stay but told her it was time to go, and that it was okay. One goodbye wish was asked giving her permission to leave, “When you see Grandpa give him this kiss for me,” then the gentle kiss was placed on her check along with his loving hug.
Elsie leaves behind her daughter, Shirley Hilts, of Burton; her sons, Jim (Bonnie) Gauld and George (Anita) Gauld, of Fife Lake; seven grandchildren, Doris, Tammy, Tim, Marty, Stan, Julie and Glen; 12 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends who cherish her memory.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt “Thanks” to the special caregivers at Kalkaska Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, especially Vicki, Brenda and Debbie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Harold Harper; sister, Evelyn Kinney; and two half sisters, Edith Smith and Goldie Smith.
A memorial service will be held in the spring with interment to follow in the Clark Cemetery alongside her husband.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.