Elsie Alice Aguirre Napper, 78, longtime resident of Idaho Falls, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Jan. 4, 1935, in Deaver, Wyo., to Martin Aguirre and Maria Salazar Aguirre. She grew up in Powell, Wyo., and attended area schools, graduating from Powell High School in 1953.
She continued her education at Eastern Montana College, earning an associate degree in education. She later returned to school, earning a baccalaureate degree in education from Idaho State University.
On Sept. 9, 1994, she married David Napper in Idaho Falls. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and held several positions, including president and State Godmother.
Elsie spent her life caring for those in need. She was active in the Special Olympics and Foster Grandparent programs. Her greatest love was for her daughter, two sons and husband, Dave. She enjoyed traveling, crafts and animals. She was an active member of the Catholic Church.
Survivors are her husband, David Napper of Idaho Falls; daughter, Aurora (David) Chamberlain of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; sons, George (Sheila) Forsman of Ventura, Calif., Shawn (John) of Jacksonville, Fla.; stepdaughter, Sabrina Robinson of Spokane, Wash.; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Forsman Blaikie, Forrest David Chamberlain and Kyle Alexander Chamberlain; three step-grandchildren, Andrew Robinson, Kevin Robinson and Crystal Robinson; brother, Joseph Valles of Paramount, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Donald Forsman; brother, Jess J. Aguirre; four half sisters; and three half brothers.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1690 E. 17th St., with Father Raul Covarrubias officiating. A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., with a visitation to follow. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park with rites performed by the Fraternal Order of the EagleAuxiliary.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to The Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2000 Circle of Hope Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.