Elsie Lee Hunwardsen
January 22, 1925 – January 9, 2020
Elsie Lee Hunwardsen passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Thursday January 9th, 2020 at her residence in Merced at the age of 94.
Elsie was born in Oklahoma on January 22, 1925 to Laura and Arnold Porter, was the youngest of 5 children and moved to Madera, Ca in 1936. Elsie met the love of her life, Marvin Hunwardsen in 1941 and married in 1946. Elsie and Marvin moved to Merced and were known for their local egg ranch. Elsie was a lifelong talented artist, known for her paintings of landscaping, and winning numerous local awards. Elsie loved to sew as well, making clothes for her grandchildren.
Elsie was a beloved wife, mother to 2, grandmother and Gigi to many. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Marvin, in 1999, as well as her 4 siblings: Lester, Ray, Edward and Artho.
Elsie is survived by her 2 children, Richard Hunwardsen and David Hunwardsen, daughter in-laws Mary Hunwardsen and Christine Hunwardsen and grandchildren: Christon Hunwardsen , Bryan Hunwardsen , Matthew Hunwardsen , Patrick McGowan, Stephanie Struble, Jolee Schneider and Rebecca McMullen, as well as 10 great grandchildren.
Elsie was the skip-bo and bingo queen, known for her feisty spirit and witty comebacks. Elsie loved to socialize and travel, traveling to Europe, Hawaii, Cruises and traveling the county in their RV with her husband following retirement. Elsie was a long time member of Christian Life Center in Merced.
She loved and adored her family dearly and she will be missed by many. Special thanks to Park Merced and Hinds Hospice.
- Visitation Sunday, January 19, 2020
- Funeral Service Monday, January 20, 2020
- Graveside Following