ELSIE ALFREDA LANGHORNE (Cooper, Stevenson)
Elsie Alfreda Langhorne, born May 25th, 1918 on the family homestead near Parkbeg, SK, passed away Sunday, February 28th, 2021 in Moose Jaw, SK.
Elsie was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Frieda Cooper; husband, Charles Stevenson; brother, Russell Cooper; sister, Dorothy Currie; husband, Ted Langhorne; grandson, Kelly Churko; as well as numerous brothers and sisters-in-law. Left to remember and celebrate her life are her sisters: Norma Brown, Eleanor Simmons, Joyce Kennedy, and Shirley Boan; children: Bonnie Watson (Glenn), Denny Stevenson (Gina), and Russ Stevenson (Ranie); grandchildren: Kim Churko, Kevin Churko (Kemnay), Cory Churko (Jody), Casey Churko, Parker Stevenson (Cameron), Brady Stevenson (Rachel), Becky King (Trevor), and Liana Gaspers (Scott); great-grandchildren: Tréa, Alethia, Kane (MeShawn), Khloe (Sal), Carter, Kirsten, Madison, and Hayden; multiple nieces and nephews; and the entire Langhorne family who she loved dearly.
Elsie graduated from Mortlach High School, then went to Normal School in Moose Jaw to become a teacher. Most of her teaching was in Sunday School telling her flannel-graph stories in churches, summer camps, 5 day clubs, and for seniors at Pioneer Lodge. She shared the message of Jesus wherever she could. She married Charlie in 1942 and they were married 42 years, having three children and living on the farm south of Mortlach. They sold the farm and moved into Moose Jaw in the 70’s and lived happily until Charlie’s passing in 1984. Elsie said she loved two men in her life and was lucky enough to marry both of them. She married Ted and had a brief but very happy time together before his passing. Friends and family enjoyed many good meals at her home, especially her fresh baked buns and delicious pies. She had to feed everyone, from maintenance men, to cleaning ladies, to the paper delivery guy. It is the consensus of all who knew her that she was incredibly strong. Her influence on the lives of others will be evident for many generations to come.
Due to public health restrictions, a Private Service will be held and interment will take place at Sunset Cemetery. You are welcome to view the Funeral Service virtually on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. by going to www.moosejawfuneralhome.com/webcast/.
Thank you to the compassionate staff at Pioneer Lodge. Thank you also to Pastor Marvin Seaborg for officiating the service as well as for all of the acts of kindness shown to our mother. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elsie’s name may be made to the Autism Resource Centre Inc, 199 N. Leonard St, Regina, SK S4N 5X5 or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, Unit 26 – 1738 Quebec Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Todd Sjoberg, Funeral Director 306-693-4550
Auntie Elsie had a heart of gold and a strong disposition. Her turkeys and geese could attest to the disposition as she chased them with her broom on more then one occasion. Of course this was very entertaining. We shall miss our dear aunt and shall think of her offer-especially when having apple pie. Love and hugs to the family
Most sincere condolences to all Elsie’s family.
My fondest memories of Auntie Elsie are of the big get togethers at their farm. With Uncle Charlie and Dad making the table jump and having cinnamon buns as part of the meal instead of dessert!! Oh and whipped cream on everything! Those days are mostly gone now of cousins playing together presided over by adults who loved to have fun. Auntie Elsie’s home was welcoming and warm although looking back probably not very big, not that anyone noticed or cared. It was big enough to hold all those she loved. She took care of everyone with little thought for herself. I know she is happy now seeing her Jesus face to face.
Aunt Elsie was one fabulously amazing lady! She brought a ton of joy, a solid example of faith and a ton of love! I respect and love who she was and what she stood for! Sending hugs and prayers to the family!
Deepest sympathy Bonnie,Denny and Russell on the passing of your Mom.She was always a nice visit when I was delivering Avon to customers at Pioneers housing.It seemed like she was always baking something.
As a young child, I remember being welcomed with a hug at her door and soon after that eating a meal including fresh buns. My Grama, Dorothy Currie, brought me there to meet her sister and I loved seeing their resemblance and similar mannerisms. Hospitality is one of the greatest ways to show God’s love to others. Thank you Great Auntie Elsie!
Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Elsie. She was a great friend and we will cherish many memories of our times together.
Sending my deepest sympathy to Bonnie and family. Elsie was a kind and generous soul. She will be missed. Cherish your memories.
Elsie and I always had a picnic lunch followed by a nap. It was a special time for me. I spent a lot of time with her when I was down. Wish I could be there with you to celebrate Elsie’s life.
Our deepest sympathy to all of Elsie’s family. She was a wonderful, strong and caring lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with during these sad days.
SENDING MY CONDOLENCES TO BONNIE AND FAMILY
Bonnie my deepest sympathy to you and your family, I will never forget all the kindness and buns your mom gave me she treated me like family and was like the grandmother I never had.
RIP gramma ❤
We celebrate life of our dear Aunt Elsie, she ‘fought the good fight’ and left an amazing impact on many that she knew and loved. We really got a chance to reconnect with her at her 100th birthday celebration. We spent three precious hours with her at her apartment and even got to sing one of her favorite hymns “What A Day That Will Be” together. Then she had to remind us that “God Loves Us, but that she was his favorite”. I have some awesome memories visiting Aunt Elsie and the rest of the Cooper families on the farms every long weekend. Those memories have been rekindled when I have been transferring photos from slides in recent years. Thank you Elsie for being such a strong person of character and faith. You will be missed. We will be praying for Bonnie, Denny and Russ and their families, for peace and comfort as they deal with this significant loss.
My beautiful auntie we will always think of u with big smiles all the love u poured out u will never be forgoten love u the Kennedy’s and Goddard’s
We think of your mother with such fondness, our kids still talk about Elsies flannel Graf
She was truly a missionary to all she met. Her love of the Lord made her a very special lady.
Just heard from Cathy after I told her about your moms passing She said Can you imagine how happy she is to be in heaven!!!!
We will be watching the live stream service. just wish we could be there (and no covid)
so we could hug you all.
My condolences Bonnie, to you and your entire family, on the passing of your mom. Elsie and I had many wonderful conversations during the short time I knew her. She will be missed by all.
Many memories of Elsie, Charlie, Bonnie, Dennis & Russ on the farm south of Mortlach, Sunday school, field days, harvesting, Halloween dances, meals, coffee and many many more especially the car rides, thinking of all the “Stevensons” at this time.
Teresa & Cliff Stevenson
Bonnie, Denny, Russ and families please accept our sincere condolences. You must be proud to have called everyone’s Auntie Elsie your mom. Reading the words from those more on the ball than me I can only imagine the flood of memories that must come back. In the 70+ years knowing your mom I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t positive and ready to help anyone whether they needed it or not. ( Actually that isn’t true – I can remember being at the farm once when we were all told to hide from uninvited guests she didn’t want to feed ) During this time however, we only remember the good and there were lots. Times when we were young trying to ride calves, hypnotize chickens, checking out the corn patch and of course waiting for our piece of her Boston Cream Pie. Come to think of it PIE was synonymous with Auntie Elise. We certainly had lots of good laughs these last few years making sure she had pie when we visited. We have a picture of her trying to stop me from eating a whole pie on our fridge. Sorry we can’t be there as I can only imagine all the happy memories that will be shared. Those Cooper girls were quite a bunch!!
Everyone should have an Auntie Elsie. She was someone who welcomed you with open arms and loved you unconditionally. Her cooking and baking were her means of showing this love to you and I had many wonderful meals around her dining room table. When you went for a visit, she wasn,t happy unless she had something to send home with you.
Auntie Elsie was a teacher. She used her talents as a Sunday School teacher for many years at the little church down the road from the farm. I remember one Sunday we went downstairs for the Sunday School time and Aunthe Elsie was the teacher of our class. I remember to this day what she taught us. It was the story of Jereboam and Reaboam. She had to be a good teacher to have nterthat stick with me all these years. Then she continued to tell Bible stories with her felt figures as long as she was able at her chapel times to her peers. I,m sure she heard those words, “Well done, though good and faithful servant. Enter though into the joy of the Lord.” as she entered the gates of heaven and saw the face of her Jesus for the first time on Sunday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bonnie, Denny and Russ as you say goodbye to your precious Mom. The hope of seeing her again is very real.
Bonnie Denny and Russ …. only happy memories of your mom and a life well lived!!
Our condolences to all of you.
Love and Prayers George and Gail.
Condolences to Bonnie, Denny and Russ at this time of loss. I have many memories of visiting with her….both at the farm, and later in Moose Jaw. Boxing Day was often celebrated with the “Cooper Clan”.. often at Elsie’s home… for many years. Aunt Elsie was always such a kind person and gracious host. She will be missed by many.
Rest in Peace,my dear friend Elsie.Seeing you on any day was always special and not just for the cookies and fresh buns,but your kind,sometimes teasing words,and your great smile and laugh.
You no longer have to wait for the Rapture and reward that is finally yours because we know you ‘will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever’.
I consider it such a privilege to have known you and your wonderful family; and especially being your “paper boy” and sometimes Guardian Angel!!
Thank you for making this memorial available for us to able to join you! I have to say that when I met Aunty Elsie, I didn’t grow to love her, but I loved her immediately! She was a person that made you feel that you were valued and that she wanted to be with you! Without a doubt, she loved Jesus and talked about her friend like He was right there! It was always intriguing to me too how much she and my Mother in law (Dot) were so much alike! My family and I were blessed to to know Aunt Elsie!
Our sincere condolences to all the family on the loss of Auntie Elsie. She was special – always a force to be reckoned with.
Memories of the “Cooper Family” get-togethers at the farm will always remain fresh in our minds – the wonderful food, and the great fun (to say nothing of that Mix-Master bowl full of whipped cream that got passed around, to slather on your Boston Cream Pie!)
It was so nice to be able to watch the funeral from afar – the music was lovely. Thanks for making the live stream available.
Condolences to all of Elsie’s awesome family from all of mine I sure miss her we had a lot of good talks and ate a lot of good buns
My sincerest condolences. I never met Great Aunty Elsie but my Grandma Norma Brown talked about her dearly.
So sad to hear of the passing of Elsie, such a beautiful Christian lady who helped many of us on our walk with Jesus. Elsie lived her faith and was such a powerful witness to everyone. She lived a life of joy in all circumstances even during the hard parts she knew where she would spend eternity. Elsie and Charlie spent many hours travelling with my parents, Harry and Edythe Robb, the four of them found much joy in their friendship that extended back to their early years of marriage. Our condolences to all the family.