Elsie M. Plunkett
Elsie Mae (Randleman) Plunkett, of Los Altos, Calif., passed away at Arlen Manor in San Jose, Calif., the afternoon of January 15, 2017, at the age of 95 with her loving baby boy (William/ Bill) by her side.
Elsie was predeceased by her husband, William Robert Plunkett, and her two son-in-laws, Terrence Pule of Kapaau, Hawaii, and Louis Nicholas Kusalich of Soquel, Calif.
Elsie is survived by her four loving children, Betsy Pule of Kapaau, Hawaii, Judy Kusalich Soquel, Calif., Sandra Archer of San Rafael, Calif. and William Plunkett of Coronado, Calif.; two stepsons, Oliver Plunkett of Vermont and Ray Plunkett of South Carolina; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren a great-great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elsie was born in Rector, Ark., on March 8, 1921, to Willis and Ila Randleman. She grew up on a farm with her parents and three brothers in Rector. At the beginning of World War II she went to St. Louis and began working at Union Train Station. She then went to Michigan and there became one of the many "Rosie the Riveters" building airplanes. In Michigan she met and married her husband in 1947. They moved to Ohio and had two daughters and decided they were done with the cold and snow. They loaded up a one-wheel trailer and then moved to California in 1952 where their last two children were born. Her husband died in Jan 1997. They were married 49 years.
Elsie enjoyed and loved all her family. She would do anything for anyone. She and her oldest daughter made nylon net Christmas trees to sell to bring in a little spending money. She was great at sewing. She darned many socks, made quilts for the beds and sewed everything she could to stretch the budget. She even helped some of the neighbors with their sewing. Her husband grew a substantial garden every summer and she spent many summer days canning the food for winter. They always grew more than they needed and they shared it with the neighbors. The family enjoyed "organic" food before it was vogue. She was a very good housekeeper singing gospel songs as she worked along. She was a great cook. She was the consummate 50's housewife who cooked, cleaned, shopped, managed the budget and put everyone else first.
She was very busy raising her family, but every four years she worked at the election polling place.
A celebration of her Life will be held Saturday, April 8, at the old Plunkett compound of 62 years in Los Altos to provide time for her loved ones to come together to break bread and share memories of her life. Her ashes will lie rest in between her parents in Woodland Heights Cemetery, Rector Ark.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rector Library at 121 West 4th Street, Rector, Ark., 72461.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Kaiser in Santa Clara and San Rafael, Sarah Care of Campbell, Senior Access in San Rafael, Suncrest Hospice, Neptune Society, Arlen Manor and all family and friends for their prayers, and support to the family.