Elsie Lea Ehling peacefully passed away January 20, 2020 at the age of 78. She was born May 26, 1941 to Bennie and Evelyn Jude in Robinette, West Virginia; she was one of eight siblings. Our mother grew up quite poor, in a large coal mining family. Her mother, our grandmother, who was at times a school teacher and co-owner operator of a boarding home for coal miners, instilled a drive for lifelong learning, goal achievement, and valuing a career outside of the home during a time where women mostly stayed home with the children. Mom was a soft, modest, and kind person; yet would put her foot down and we all knew that was the line to “not cross”. Mom served in the military right out of high school, stating she should have stayed longer to complete an offer for Officer Training. Mom stated that training would have helped her for the rest of her life. Mom was not judgemental, she would listen, give advice and encouragement. Mom loved music and dancing her entire life starting with American Bandstand (thank you Mary Ann) until her passing with recorded music. Finally, mom loved her children and was never happier than when the grandchildren were present.
Elsie is survived by her children; Jeffrey Ehling of Utah, Sharon Young (Joe) of Escalon, Ronald Ehling of Ripon and John Ehling (Lucy) of Modesto, Grandchildren; Ryan Young of Modesto, Gwendolyn Ehling of Nevada, Daniel Ehling of Florida, Kyle Ehling of Riverbank, Nathan Ehling of Modesto, 9 Great-Grandchildren and sister; Mary Ann Flannery of Ohio. Her husband of 49 years, Daniel and her six siblings precedes her in death.
Arrangements for Elsie have been entrusted to Deegan Funeral Chapel. The family has requested services to remain private.
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