Elsie Lucille Gillett, 89, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Carriage Square Health Care Center.
Elise was born on July 4, 1924 in St. Joseph, Missouri to John A. and Grace Ann (Schneitter) Slifer. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School, a homemaker and member of Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church. Elsie had worked for the St. Joseph School District in the food service department, retiring in 1983.
She married Clifford W. “C.W.” Gillett in1946. He preceded her in death on November 14, 2008; She was also preceded by two son-in-laws, Patrick Portman and Richard Ferguson; one brother, John A. Slifer, Jr.
Survivors include three daughters, Carol Ferguson, Pam Hackathorn, husband, Darrell, Cheryl Portman, one son, Steve Gillett, wife Susan; sister-in-law, Leona Slifer; twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren.
Services 10:00 AM Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Mrs. Gillett will be cremated following the service. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Monday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
The family suggests memorials to Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church, Second Harvest Food Bank or the Patrick S. Portman Memorial Scholarship Fund.