Elsie Elizabeth Haas Powers
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Elsie was born to Bill Haas and Katherine Lind Haas on Jan. 5, 1922. The family moved around the valley from Glenwood Springs to Rifle, finally buying a farm on Rifle Creek in 1939.
As a teenager, Elsie enjoyed attending dances and discovered a talent for dancing.
Her father gave her permission to attend dances at Rifle but not further from home than that. This rankled terrible as her brothers were allowed to go as far from home as they pleased, so when Elsie’s friends mentioned they were going to dances at Silt or even Glenwood Springs, Elsie was glad to go, too. Unfortunately, she sometimes met one of her brothers at one of those places and she had many stories to tell of how “the boys” would blackmail her into doing their chores in exchange for not telling Pa where she had been. Dancing was a lifelong passion for her and she was good.
As a young women during WWII, Elise was a member of the Petrol Girls based in Pueblo. She drove members of the military, usually officers, from the Colorado Springs airport to wherever they needed to go on the Front Range. Later in life she was a car courier and logged hundreds of hours of driving time. She was a longtime employee of Gibson’s Pharmacy in Grand Junction.
Elsie has a eye for fashion and stayed modern through her final days. No Old Lady Shoes for her! She greatly enjoyed her weekly hair appointments especially in her later years when getting around was difficult.
Elsie married Bob Powers and had three sons. They later divorced.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Willie, Ernie, Albert and Robert Haas, and special companion, Horace.
She leaves three sons, Robert and Douglas both of Grand Junction and Ron of Aspen; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; aunt, Caroline Haas; one remaining sister-in-law, Marlene Haas of Florida; nieces; nephews and friends.
No services were held.
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