Elsie Elizabeth Pogue Thiem lived a long and happy life. Elsie passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, June 16th, 2022 at the age of 96 years, 10 months, 18 days. She was preceded in death by her parents Claude and Mattie Pogue, her 4 brothers and 6 sisters, her loving husband Walter Thiem, of 55 years, 6 months, 1 grandson and 1 grandson by marriage and her devoted companion Warren Wiley. Elsie is survived by 6 children Harold Thiem and wife Paula, Margaret Haffelder and husband Tommie, Janice Thurman and husband Jeff Sr, Carolyn Kirkland and husband Bill, David Thiem and wife Kirsti, Linda Thompson and husband Larry; 20 grandchildren, 18 grandchildren by marriage, 46 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Elsie grew up in the Creedmoor area, with her parents, brothers and sisters who worked the fields and the farm. She graduated the 8th grade from Creedmoor School. On October 25th, 1943 Elsie married at the age 18 to Walter Thiem who had been stationed at the Bergstrom Army Air Base after he followed her home from church one evening. Elsie had never been out of state, nor far from Creedmoor. Three days after marriage she was on her way across the U.S. to live in a strange new state called Minnesota. Elsie and Walter would live in Ronneby, Minnesota for eight years where they had their first three children then decided to move to Austin, Texas and have three more children. There they would put down their family roots and worked hard to build their forever home together one nail and board a time. Elsie proudly lived in her home for 67 years.
Elsie was a stay at home house wife until 1969 when she went to work for a nursing home for three years. Then she went to work for the Texas State Health Department as a laboratory technician assistant and retired after 14 years.
Elsie was a devoted christian. After moving to Austin, Elsie and her family joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She loved children and worked in the church nursery for over 20 years. Elsie was the oldest living member and was a member for 66 years.
Elsie loved being outdoors. She loved tending to her flowers and working in her vegetable garden and was constantly pulling weeds.
Elsie loved people in general, she never met a stranger, she would talk to anyone she would meet. She always welcomed people into her home and loved to share a meal. When not outdoors she would do embroidering and quilting. She would no sooner get it finished, she would want to give it away for someone to cherish.
Elsie will live in our hearts forever. She is in heavenly peace with the Lord and her family, her husband and friends. Elsie's life was rich with love and will be missed greatly by many.
Our family wishes to thank the many family and friends that have supported and lifted us up with prayers.