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In Memory: Elsie Rose

July 13, 2017

Elsie Rose, 78, of Torrington, Wyoming, passed away on June 27. Born on born January 31, 1939 in Torrington, Wyoming, Elsie was the daughter of Carl and Katie (Hill) Hansen. She grew up on the T Kettle Ranch north of Torrington and received her education in Torrington. She married Cecil Rose on September 9, 1955 in Lusk, Wyoming. They owned and operated the Empire Ranch north of Henry, Nebraska, all their lives. They raised and trained Morgan horses and Hereford cattle later switching to Texas longhorns. After Cecil died in 2009 Elsie remained on the ranch and continued the longhorn breeding program. She also worked at the Torrington Livestock Auction and in later years at Wheelers (Country General), McNamee Auctions, Food Pride, DSI, and was a para at Chalk Butte School. She judged chickens, rabbits, and other small animals at county fairs in Nebraska and Wyoming.

Elsie was a 4-H leader for 54 years and was named outstanding leader several times. She was affiliated with the Wyoming Morgan Horse Association, Wyoming Texas Longhorn Association, Sheep Creek Women’s Club, and Farm Bureau. She also helped with the senior center garage sales among various other volunteer endeavors.

Elsie is survived by daughters Sena (Russ) Pearson and Janet (Marvin) Mueller; sons John (Kerri) Rose, Bruce (Debbie) Rose, and Gary (Christie) Rose; an "adopted son" Mark (Mashelle) Barlow; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Cecil; brothers Carl, Glen, Dewey, Lyle, Elmer, and Gerald Hansen; sisters Louella Jackson, Phyllis Havely, Shirley Buskohl, and Velva Ruth Hansen; and two granddaughters, Jenna Rose and Brittany Mueller.

Memorials may be given to either the Goshen County 4-H for the poultry and rabbit barns or the Senior Friendship Center. Condolences may be sent to