Churchill, Elsie May (Seaney) (June 18, 1885 - May 3, 1943)

Funeral Rites Wednesday For

Mrs. Harry D. Churchill Passed Away Monday Evening At Memorial Hospital Following Stroke

Douglas Budget - May 6, 1943

Final rites were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 for Mrs. Harry Churchill who passed away Monday evening at Memorial hospital. The services were held in the Masonic Temple and were in charge of Woodbine Chapter no. 18, O.E.S. Clerical assistance was given by Rev. Louis Gale of the Congregational church. Interment was in Douglas Park cemetery. Pallbearers were E.H. Potter, Carl LeBar, Cash Wadsworth, R.C. Maurer, Gene L. Payne and C.O. Brown.

The sudden death of Mrs. Churchill came as a surprise and shock to her many friends as well as members of the family. Although she had not been in normal health since a slight stroke suffered last December, it was not expected she would go so suddenly.

She was stricken about 9 o'clock Monday morning at her home and was found a few minutes later by her husband in a helpless and semi-conscious condition. She was removed to the hospital in the afternoon and passed away about 8:30 that evening. Indicative of the uncertainties of life is the fact that she was seen in the post office prior to 9 o'clock that morning mailing letters written the night before. In answer to an inquiry as to how she was feeling she answered in her usual cheerful manner, "Just fine."

Elsie May Seaney was born at Richmond, Ind., on June 18, 1885, daughter of Jacob and Nancy Seaney. Here she attended school and graduated from the high school at the age of 16. Her mother died in 1901 and the same year she moved with her father and family to Arnold, Neb.

In July of 1906 she was married to Charles T. Snyder and bore him two children. Catherine and Charles F., the latter passing away in 1909. The family came to Douglas in 1914. For many years Mr. Snyder was a deputy game warden for this territory. He died here in 1928. Mrs. Snyder continued to make her home in Douglas and vicinity.

On September 26, 1939, she was wed to Harry D. Churchill at Casper. The Churchill home is on north Fourth street.

Mrs. Churchill became a member of the Christian church while a resident at Arnold. In Douglas she has been attending the Methodist church and took an active part in its endeavors. She was also an active member of Woodbine Chapter No. 18, O.E.S., of Douglas.

Douglas loses a worthy citizen in the passing of Elsie Churchill. She was friendly and helpful; sympathetic and understanding of those who needed aid. Always cheerful and anxious for a friendly chat regardless of circumstances. The world would be better off if there were more Elsie Churchills.

Left to mourn her loss are her husband; her daughter, Mrs. Catherine Nuttall of Lost Springs; two brothers, Charles and Elmer Seaney, and two sisters, Mrs. Maude Kruser and Mrs. Dora Beshaler, all of Arnold, Neb.

Relatives of the family in attendance at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. William Nuttall of Lost Spring, Mrs. Fred Beshaler and Charles Seaney of Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mashek and daughter of Ft. Robinson, Neb., Mr. and Mrs. Ross Norcross of Esterbrook, Mrs. Alex Mashek of Lusk and Mrs. Mollie Pollock of Shawnee.

Other out-of-town friends noted as the funeral were Mrs. Emma Hamlin of Casper, Mr. and Mrs. Baryl Fullerton and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sims of Manville, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Rasmussen of Keeline, Mr. and Mrs. James Edwards and Mrs. Dawson, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Howard and Mrs. R.R. Smith of Lost Spring, Mrs. Kate Mecum of Worland, Mrs. J. Spears of Casper, W.F. Cunningham of Shawnee and Mose Gillespie.


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