Elsie Elizabeth Butcher was born April 17, 1926, in Warrensburg, Missouri, to parents, James and Myrtle (Darrah) Butcher. She grew up in the Osage area and graduated from Upton High School in 1944.
She married Herbert Peck, Jr. in 1944 and lived in California where she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter,” building aircraft during WWII. Tragically, Jr. was killed in battle, and she returned to Cheyenne and worked as a telephone operator until the end of the war. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Materi on August 24, 1946. The couple made their home in the Upton area where they enjoyed raising their family.
Elsie loved traveling the world with Lawrence and her children, her sister, Jimmie, and brother-in-law, John Nelson. The family cabin in the Big Horn Mountains was a cherished place to spend family time. She was active in her children’s school activities, Mother’s Afternoon Extension Homemaker’s Club and Merry Homemakers Extension Club, Soda Butte 4-H Club, and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and Altar and Rosary Society. She was a long-time member of the Big Deal Bridge Club and the Afternoon Bridge Club. She was an avid reader and would often read until the wee hours of the morning, lost in a good book. In later years, she became a bird-watcher, sitting in her chair by the window with her binoculars and bird-book. Elsie was simply known as “Grammy” to many and embraced that role with love.
Survivors include her sister, Jimmie Nelson; one son, Keith (Dormie) Materi; seven daughters, Yvonne (Tim) Barritt , Janet Materi, Elizabeth (Tom) Barritt, Christine (Steve) Hampton, Lori (Joe) Olson, Cheri (Troy) Claycomb, all of Upton, and Susan (John) Bullard of Eaton, Colorado; twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, her sister, Imogene Bartlett, and three sons, Lawrence Eugene, Lawrence (Larry) James, and Steven Dwayne.
Vigil and Rosary service will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Upton. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Boal Auditorium with burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com