Elsie M. Free, 95, Milford, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Lakeland Rehabilitation in Milford.
She was born on Oc. 31, 1921 in Water Valley, Miss., the daughter of John and Ada (Bross) Goodwin. On Oct. 8, 1938 she married Woodrow Free; he preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1988.
Elsie moved to Milford in 1951 and retired from Chore-Time in 1983 after 27 years of faithful service. She was a devout member of Milford Christian Church for over 60 years. Elsie taught Sunday School for over five decades; sixteen of which were spent teaching Sunday School at Lakeland Rehabilitation Center. On April 26, 1986, Milford’s Centennial year, she was chosen as Milford’s Mayor, which was only honorary, but an honor she enjoyed very much. On Mother’s Day in 1992, Elsie was crowned Senior Queen of Milford Nutrition Site. In July of 2000, she was chosen “Our Lady of Kosciusko County.” Elsie was a sixty-year member of the Kosciusko Chapter of the Eastern Star and served two terms as Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Goshen Eastern Star at the time of her passing.
Survivors include, a daughter, Sue (Bud) Campbell of Milford; a son, Willard R. Free of Fort Meyers, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jeff Campbell and Lisa (Dan) Cochran both of Milford, Sue Ellen Kipp of Fort Meyers, Fla., John E. Free of Price, Utah, and Doug Free of Las Vegas, Nev.; along with three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Abraham, and Madelyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, and three sisters.
A funeral service will be held in Elsie’s honor at Mishler Funeral Home and Cremation Center on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. Pastor Rick Brouillette will officiate. Burial will follow at Milford Cemetery in Milford.
Family and friends will be received from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be directed to Milford Christian Church or Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center for the Employee’s Fund.
Mishler Funeral Home and Cremation Center is assisting the family with arrangements.