Lily Gelene Elsberry, resident of Owasso, OK passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Evergreen Care Center at the Owasso Baptist Village complex. She was 93 years of age. Gelene was born July 13, 1923 near Ozark, Arkansas; the daughter of Norman and Clara (Knight) Beck. She was united in marriage to Milo Elsberry on September 2, 1944 and they were married for forty-eight years. To this union were born three sons – Kenneth, Darrell and Paul. They made their home in Waterloo, Iowa where Milo worked for John Deere for thirty five years. In 1985, they moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas and enjoyed their retirement years very much.
Gelene was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She was a loving and giving person. Her hobbies included crocheting Afghans and cross-stitching pictures for her friends and loved ones.
Preceding Gelene in death were her husband Milo, son Kenneth, and her parents Norman and Clara Beck. Survivors include son Darrell Elsberry of Miami Springs, FL; son Paul Elsberry and wife Beverly of Fredonia, KS; seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; a sister Imogene Wells of Mt. Gilead, Ohio and a brother Wilbur Beck and wife Barb of Manchester, Iowa.
A graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery in Bella Vista, AR located at 34 Buckstone Drive. Those wanting to honor Gelene’s memory may do so by contributing in her memory to the Bella Vista Wesleyan Church, 107 Trafalgar, Bella Vista, AR 72714. Arrangements and cremation were entrusted to the Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso, OK. www.moweryfs.com
My aunt Gelene was a very loving and kind person. Even though it has been some time since we have been together, I still remember the love and caring she showed to me during my youth. RIP sweet lady.
— Craig Wells, Friday – April 28, 2017
Aunt Gelene was one of the best influences in my life growing up. Our families would spend so much enjoyable time together. She will be missed, but she is in a better place now and enjoying being reunited with her husband and family and our loving God. God bless you Gelene!
— Eugene Wells, Saturday – April 29, 2017
Bella Vista Memorial Gardens Cemetery
34 Buckstone Drive
Bella Vista, AR
Saturday – May 6, 2017
Note: Graveside services only…
To honor Gelene’s memory, you may contribute to the:
Bella Vista Wesleyan Church
Bella Vista, AR 72714