OBITUARY

Elsie Jean Goldsmith

December 23, 1919March 9, 2018
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Elsje Jantje Mandemaker was born in Holland on December 23, 1919 to Hendrik and Fenna Mandemaker. Soon after, they traveled by ship to Ellis Island where her name was changed to Elsie Jean.

Her family finally settled in Mar Vista, California and opened The Holland Dairy Farm.

In 1939 Elsie met a handsome man named Jim Goldsmith at a church social and they were soon married.

Within the next few years they were blessed with a son Jerry Tucker and a daughter Sharon Dee. Their family was complete. Or so they thought.....

20 years later, much to Elsie's amazement and Jim's delight, they welcomed Stacey Jean into their lives.

Elsie was a dedicated Mother and an unfailingly devoted wife.

Most of all, Elsie was a true child of God, who served the Lord wherever she could. Her dedication as a prayer warrior touched many lives.

She is survived by her 3 children, 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Elsie's favorite verse Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.westminstermemorial.net for the Goldsmith family.

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Stacey Goldsmith

May 2, 2018

These are some of the memories shared in cards I received:

"She was the best neighbor "Mom" a young Mom with 3 little ones could have had. God was so good to give her to me in those years." - Ladeine Thompson

"We are so thankful for your Mom's faithful life and testimony. When I think of Godly women in my life, I think of her and am so grateful for the prayers." - Joyce Segelken

"When my Mom died in 1986, Elsie became my "go-to Mom". I remember our many Friday night dinners out to Skinny Haven - they had to be Fridays 'cuz Saturday nights she curled her hair for church." - Gerrie Jones

"Some of my "Mom Memories" of Elsie:
* Her in her housecoat in the kitchen making our breakfast when I would spend the night.
* Watering her gorgeous fuchsias.
* Her floral print dresses always so lady like (I have no actual memories of your Mom in pants!)
* Her going back home for my wedding ring, thus saving my wedding day :)
* Giving us little talks about proper behavior so we could be civilized.
* Indulging our horse passions and letting us parade our horse families all over the house.
* Visiting Oregon together and touring Silver Falls.
* Letting my Mom take us on the "fast" rides at Disney and Knott's.
* Swallowing her nerves to let us go on those trail rides across from Knott's.
* Checking up on our check sorting at SMS to make sure we were behaving. :)
* Praying for us both so faithfully.
* The knitted booties, sweater and crocheted blankets she gave my babies (treasures!)" - Kathy Preston Jordan

Trissa Kearns

April 1, 2018

Here are a few verses for your Mother:

If pink carnations grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for Elsie. Place them in her arms and tell her they are from Stacey.

A Mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's

God cannot be everywhere, therefore he made Mothers.

A Mother is your first friend, your best friend and your forever friend.

Naida Jo Shipp

March 30, 2018

I remember as a kid coming to your house to play and your mom was always so gracious and welcoming. Not to mention she was a beautiful lady.

Joann Deming

March 28, 2018

I have so many wonderful memories of my dear friend Elsie. I met her in 1973 at Calvary Baptist Church. She always had a smile and the joy of Christ was very evident in her life!! She was a testimony to me of how a godly woman should live. Always ready to give a helping hand in many many ways. Such a blessing and so FAITHFUL to her Lord. Thank you for always praying for our family!! You will be missed but I know you are in heaven hearing the words - WELL DONE!!

KATHY Jordan

March 28, 2018

When I was 7 we moved to Huntington Beach, CA. At church I met a girl my age who just happened to have a mom my mom’s age. This was noteworthy since we had “older” moms and adult siblings. Through the years Elsie was my second mama. I spent countless hours in her home where she fussed over me, loved me, corrected me, and advised me like her own child. But most of all she prayed for me. Through every struggle and joy in my life, she was praying.

She also saved the day at my wedding by running back home to find my wedding ring which I had left at her house! (I am pretty sure she gave me that “Mom look” first, but she went!) That was Elsie.

When I had my first child even though I was on the other side of the country Elsie crocheted a baby blanket and knit a sweater and booties. These cherished items were used and reused through children and grandchildren.

Elsie was the most faithful of friends to my mom. They wrote weekly letters across the states from the time my parents left HB in 1981 until my mom could no longer correspond shortly before her passing in 2014. Letters! With paper and ink and postage stamps. They supported one another through widowhood and the trials of aging, through sorrows and tragedies, through joys and blessings.

I was so blessed to have a second mom in my life, another woman who was always in my corner and whose example helped me to walk with Jesus.

Jill Mixon-Sanderson

March 19, 2018

I met Elsie when I was a kid at church. She became my Pioneer Girls (sort of like Girl Scouts) Pal. She prayed for me through the years. When I was in a church choir she made the dress we all had to wear. I was a bigger girl and the pattern needed to be altered to fit me. She was an expert seamstress and made me a beautiful yellow dress because Jim said he could see me in yellow. Jim passed away right around the same time in life that my husband became ill. We planned a knitting date and she spoke hope into me when I couldn’t imagine my life as a younger widow. I’ll never forget her grabbing my hands and telling me that I needed to cling to Jesus. She was one of those women in my life who made a very big difference in how things turned out for me. I loved her. I visited her in her board and care in September and she no longer could remember me. I didn’t care because I remembered all the things she did for me, including praying for me. Enjoy your reunion with Jim and rest with Jesus. One day, I pray you’ll be one of the group who greet me along with my husband, parents, family and other people who left this earth before me. Love you, Elsie and thank you.

FROM THE FAMILY

Stacey's 8th grade Graduation - Mom in pants!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Mom, Dad, Jerry, Sharon and Stacey

FROM THE FAMILY

At Venice beach

Biography

Elsje Jantje Mandemaker was born in Holland on December 23, 1919 to Hendrik and Fenna Mandemaker. Soon after, they traveled by ship to Ellis Island where her name was changed to Elsie Jean.

Her family finally settled in Mar Vista, California and opened The Holland Dairy Farm.

In 1939 Elsie met a handsome man named Jim Goldsmith at a church social and they were soon married.

Within the next few years they were blessed with a son Jerry Tucker and a daughter Sharon Dee. Their family was complete. Or so they thought.....

20 years later, much to Elsie's amazement and Jim's delight, they welcomed Stacey Jean into their lives.

Elsie was a dedicated Mother and an unfailingly devoted wife.

Most of all, Elsie was a true child of God, who served the Lord wherever she could. Her dedication as a prayer warrior touched many lives.

She is survived by her 3 children, 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Elsie's favorite verse
Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.westminstermemorial.net for the Goldsmith family.