EDNA — Elsie Louise Gilfillan, 102, of Edna died at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Elmhaven East in Parsons.
She was born Aug. 29, 1907, in Indian Territory, Okla., to Augustus and Lucy (Miller) Banzet. As a young girl, she grew up and attended rural schools in Labette County. She was a graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont and earned a teaching certificate from Pittsburg State Teachers College.
She taught 16 years in one-room schools in rural Labette County, and after working several years at Phillips Petroleum Co. in Bartlesville, Okla., she and her husband, Robert, moved to Colorado. While living in Colorado, she worked in the educational system for 21 years before retiring and returning to Edna in 1977.
She was a member of the Edna Civic Organization and Royal Neighbors and enjoyed crocheting and quilting.
She married Robert Gilfillan on Sept. 11, 1946, in Glenwood Springs, Colo. He preceded her in death May 4, 2001.
Survivors include a brother, Warren Banzet of Edna; a sister, Margie Miller of Norwalk, Conn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Banzet and Wayne Banzet; and two sisters, Helen A. Brown and Hazel Thomas.
The service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Edna United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Edna Elm Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont to sign the register from 1 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials are suggested to the Edna Library and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, 67330.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.