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Elsie M. Lawson

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Elsie M. Lawson Elsie Marie (Enderlin) Lawson, age 100, passed away peacefully at Jones Convalescent Hospital in San Leandro on December 15, 2013. She was born June 2, 1913, at Spruce Grove, near Lower Lake, and was the daughter of Henry Enderlin and Mable (Dean) Enderlin. Her mother died when Elsie was only 9, leaving Elsie and her four brothers to be raised by their father during some very hard times. A descendant of Lake County pioneer families, Elsie grew up in Spruce Grove, attending grammar school in the one-room schoolhouse there. She later attended Lower Lake High School, graduating in 1931. In 1934, Elsie married John Alfred Olds in Grass Valley. Living for a time in Grass Valley, and then in Lower Lake, the couple eventually settled in Oakland, where John found a job as a bus operator with the Key System (predecessor to AC Transit). In 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, John went into active duty in the Navy. To meet expenses, Elsie went to work at Sears for the duration of the war. The couple remained in Oakland for ten years following World War II, eventually retiring and moving into a house in San Leandro. John Olds passed away in 1957, just one year after their move. While in San Leandro, Elsie worked for Peterbilt, and it was there that she met a machinist named John Elliott Lawson, marrying him in 1959. In 1978, the Lawsons moved to the Mission Bay community in San Leandro. John passed away there in 1990. Elsie continued to live at Mission Bay until 2004, when she moved to Jones Assisted Living in San Leandro. She lived at Jones for the remainder of her life, always appreciative of the good care she received there. With an always positive attitude, quick wit, and sense of humor, Elsie was a joy to be around. She will be missed by her many friends and relatives. She was predeceased by her four brothers and two husbands, and had no children. She is survived by two nephews, numerous cousins, and other relatives to mourn the loss. Private graveside services will take place at Lower Lake Cemetery. Elsie was a member of First Christian Church of Disciples of San Lorenzo, and for many years was a member of Clearlake Rebekah Lodge No. 43. Donations in Elsie's name may be made to the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum, First Christian Church of Disciples, or a . Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com.
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, 2014
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