1921-2017 Elsie Mae (Randleman) Plunkett of Los Altos passed away at Arlen Manor in San Jose, CA on January 15, 2017 at 1:30 in the afternoon at the age of 95 with her loving baby boy (William/ Bill) by her side.
Elsie is predeceased by her husband, William Robert Plunkett, and her 2 son-in –laws Terrence Pule (Kapaau, HI) and Louis Nicholas Kusalich (Soquel, CA).
Elsie is survived by her 4 loving Children; Betsy Pule (Kapaau, HI) Judy Kusalich (Soquel, CA) Sandra Archer (San Rafael, CA), William Plunkett (Coronado, CA) and 2 stepsons Oliver Plunkett (VT) and Ray Plunkett (SC). She has many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great- great-grandchildren, a great- great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elsie was born in Rector, Arkansas on March 8, 1921 to Willis and Ila Randleman. She grew up on a farm with her parents and 3 brothers in Rector. At the beginning of WWII 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 2 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 2 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 4 years she worked at the election-polling place. A celebration of her Life will be on April 8th at the old Plunkett compound of 62 years in Los Altos. That will be the time we all can come together to break bread and share memories of her life. Her ashes will rest in between her parents in Woodland Heights Cemetery, Rector Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rector Arkansas Library at 121 W. 4th St., Rector, AR 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!!