Elsie Agatha "Gate" Briley, 83, of Newcomerstown, passed away late Thursday night, April 7, 2011, in the Autumn Health Care Center, Coshocton.
Elsie was born in St. George, W.Va., on May 15, 1927, a daughter of the late Frances Paul and Iva Valentine Lipscomb Deets.
She spent her early years in the Peoli and Washington Township area and attended business school in Washington, D.C. She also attended Valley View Baptist Church, Newcomerstown, and was a former member of several organizations: The Daughters of the American Revolution, Akron chapter, the Thomas Montgomery Post 431, Newcomerstown American Legion Auxiliary, and the Newcomerstown Women of the Moose, Chapter 0029.
Elsie worked at various jobs during her adult life. She was "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II as she assembled Corsair airplanes with the Goodyear Company, Akron. Later, she was the owner and operator of the former Stoffer's Restaurant, Newcomerstown. She retired as the head cook and food manager of the Riverside Apartments, Newcomerstown, where she was employed for several years. Elsie enjoyed gardening, traveling, bowling in the leagues at Cy Young Lanes, Newcomerstown, and playing the board game Scrabble.
Elsie was preceded in death by husband, Thomas R. Briley Sr., Newcomerstown, who passed away Nov. 1, 1981. Also deceased are a son, Thomas R. Briley Jr. of Newcomerstown; two sisters, Waneda F. Rendsland of Newcomerstown and Ruth O'Neal of Naples, Fla.; and one brother, Bill Deets of Uhrichsville.
Elsie is survived by two sons and five daughters, Jack (Susan) Briley of Coventry, Glenn Lawrence (Angela) Briley of Parma, Corinne "Kitten" (Dick) Huston of Stone Creek, Patricia Briley Celes of Dayton, Karen (Tom) Sauerbrey of Bakersville, Penny Lewis and companion Mike Umbowers of Newcomerstown, and Mary (Jeff) Westfall of Coshocton; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley (Wesley) McEwen of Cullman, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Katie Deets of Uhrichsville; a brother-in-law, Chuck O'Neal of Naples, Fla.;lifelong friends, Junior and Irene Monroe of Knoxville, Tenn., Lucille Bias of Arizona, and Barb Rush of Tallmadge; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families.
To honor Elsie's requests, her remains are to be cremated. No visiting hours will be observed. Public graveside services took place April 12, 2011, in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown. The Rev. Sonny Ramsay conducted the services.
The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown was in charge of arrangements.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Elsie's name to: Journey's End Ministries, 205 S. River St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832.