Elsie R. Mortensen

Elsie Rae Mortensen, age 77, of Wall, died Thursday, November 22, 2007, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Monday, November 26, at First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Monty Dell officiating.

Music was provided by Rhonda Mettler, organist, and Tom Ramirez, vocalist. Ushers were Darwin Haerer, Dan Dartt, Roger Fortune and Dennis Sieler. Pallbearers were Merlin, Alvin, Doug and Gale Crown, and Allen and Jerry Foster.

Interment was held at the Wall Cemetery

Elsie Rae Crown was born February 20, 1930, north of Wall, the daughter of Orrin and Maggie (Wetzel) Crown. She attended school at Wall High School. After high school she was united in marriage to Harold Marvin Mortensen on May 3, 1950. She was employed at Golden West Telephone Company, USDA District Soil Conservation Office, Wall Lanes, and Wall and Philip Livestock Auction. She was the business manager of Wall High School for 16 years and the bookkeeper for Crown Oil for 55 years.

Elsie was a member of First Lutheran Church in Wall where she was a greeter and member of the altar guild, as well as a member of the Mended Hearts Association.

Elsie enjoyed spending time visiting with friends during coffee at Wall Drug. If you couldn't find her at home or Wall Drug, she was either playing cards or dominos with friends. Elsie was very well known and always found a friend wherever she went. Her religion was very important to her. She was excited about spending eternity with God, Harold, Merle and the rest of her family in Heaven.

Survivors include two sons, Clark Mortensen and his wife, Audrey, of Wall and Roger Mortensen and his wife, Shirley, of Gillette, WY; one daughter, Gloria Whetstone and her husband, Wade, of Gillette; five grandchildren, Sommerlyn Naescher and her husband, Gary, of Gillette, Sheila Mortensen of Spearfish, Randy Mortensen of Gillette, Holly Hofer and her husband, Mike, of Gillette and Michael Whetstone of Gillette; two great-grandchildren, Landon Hofer and Malaya Naescher, both of Gillette; two sisters, Doris Sebade and her husband, Norman, of Tacoma, WA, and Deloris "Dobbie" Foster of Wall; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Harold M. Mortensen on March 4, 1966; her parents; and three brothers, Wayne, Ivan, and Merle Crown.

A memorial has been established to the First Lutheran Church in Wall.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com