Elsie May Burgess passed away peacefully in Mariposa, CA on 2-3-23 at the age of 94. She was born to Eugene & Inez Griffin on 10-4-1928 in Lawrence, Kansas. Her youth was spent on the family farm, later moving to Baldwin, KA where she graduated from High School. As a young woman, she attended Business College and worked as a bookkeeper. Elsie married Edwin Burgess on 8-21-1948. In 1956 their family moved to southern California where she worked as a cafeteria cook for the school district for 35 years. After retiring Edwin and Elsie moved to Carson City, NV to be nearer to their sons and grandchildren. After 57 years of marriage Elwin passed on and Elsie moved to Mariposa, CA in September 2005 to be closer to her sons. Elsie was a member of White Shrine of Jerusalem, Eastern Star of Mariposa, and VFW in Reno, NV. Her husband, Edwin, was a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America and Elsie volunteered her time for more than 5 decades, including the Mariposa Troop 49 until her early 80’s. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Eddie Burgess of El Portal, and granddaughter, Raina Wasson, of Mariposa, CA. She is survived by her son, Elmer Burgess and daughter in law, Patti, of Mariposa, CA, Grandsons, Elliot Burgess of Denver, CO, Kyle Burgess and his wife, Tara, of Las Vegas, NV, Erik Burgess of San Jose, and Miles Burgess of Minden, NV, Granddaughter, Michelle Burgess of Livermore, CA and Great-Grandchildren, Chloe and Jackson of Las Vegas, NV. Elsie’s wish was that no burial or memorial service be performed, and in lieu of flowers, donations be made to JC Fremont Hospice and Home Health. Their personnel lovingly provided aid in her last months and days, allowing her to remain at home embraced by her family and love as she embarked on her new journey and its own secrets.
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