|Elsie Mueller White, 95, passed away at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2010 at her residence at The Courtyard Estates in Monmouth.
Elsie was born on September 15, 1914 in Davenport, Iowa. She was born in the same house her father was born in that was built by her grandfather. All of her grandparents immigrated to the United States from Germany. Elsie graduated from high school at the age of 16 and from Augustana College in 1934 at the age of 19. She married Alvin Charles White on July 5, 1934 and did graduate work at the University of Iowa.
Elsie and Alvin moved to 1078 N. Broad Street in Galesburg in 1946 when Alvin accepted a job as professor of economics at Knox College. Elsie raised and helped educate her children and grandchildren and assisted her husband with his teaching responsibilities. Because of her experiences during The Great Depression, she was a contributor to economic research conducted by the Library of Congress.
She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Surviving children include Marilyn Lowe, Springfield, Mo., Roger and Marilyn White, Washington, D.C., Stephen and Cathy White and Karen Avalos, Galesburg. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin and her son David White.
There are nine grandchildren: Douglas Lowe, Overland Park, Ks., David Lowe, Greensboro, NC, William Lowe, Overland Park, Ks., Susan Libiez, Katy, Tx,, Joshua White, Washington, D.C., Julie White, Galesburg, Andrew White, Houston, Tx., Nathan Tauber, Schaumburg, Il., Sarah Tauber, Ft. Collins, Co. There are eleven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to Guardian Angels Humane Society and to Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition. Online condolences may be left at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhomes.com.