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Elsie M. McGinnis

Elsie Mae McGinnis, 93, of Star and Donnelly passed away at home on Saturday, March 17, 2012 of natural causes.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, with graveside services following at Canyon Hill Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to a reception at Elsie’s home in Star following services.

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Elsie was born in Dellvale, Kans., in 1918 to proud parents, Gotfred and Lena Gugelman. Elise joined sisters, Etta, Alice, Amelia, and Marie, as well as brothers, Pat and Bill.

After the Gugelman family relocated to Idaho, Elsie met and married her husband of 50 years, Chester McGinnis. Elsie and Chet spent a lot of time traveling and working hard. While running their own logging company in Kooskia, they welcomed a baby boy, David.

They moved to Donnelly in the late 1950s where they started a land development business and raised their son. Elsie and Chet enjoyed their trips to Alaska, California, Arizona and Mexico before Chet passed away in 1994.

Elsie loved to play the piano, stroll through her flower beds, and play Pinochle. Her favorite time of year was in the winter when Donnelly was covered in snow. Elsie was a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother who always welcomed our friends with open arms.

Elsie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Peggy McGinnis of Donnelly; four grandchildren, Chris (Christine) McGinnis of Camarillo, Calif., Molley (Alex) Cooksey of Boise, Chad (Amanda) McGinnis of Star, and Coy McGinnis of Boise; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor and Cailyn McGinnis, Hal Cooksey, and Annika and Calie McGinnis, whom she loved very much. She will be greatly missed.

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