NORTH NEWTON—Elsie Ruth Wiebe Epp, 87, died on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.
She was born on Feb. 1, 1929, in Newton, the daughter of Henry B. and Katie Enz Wiebe. The family moved to Idaho when she was 1 year old.
Elsie graduated from Aberdeen, Idaho, High School and Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb. She also attended Bethel College in North Newton, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, and later taught school four years.
She married Willard A. Epp on Aug. 31, 1958, in Aberdeen, Idaho.
In 1980, Elsie took training for being a licensed practical nurse at Freeman Jr. College, Freeman, S.D. She worked as an LP. for three years in Freeman, 10 months in Whitewater, and eight and half years at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She retired from nursing in 1995.
Survivors include her husband Willard; sons Donald Epp of Halstead, Stan Epp and wife Esther of Newton, and Bryan Epp and wife Janell of Hesson; daughters Roselyn Parks of Nixa, Mo., Naomi Engle and husband Jess of Wauseon, Ohio, and Rachel Winters and husband David of Tulsa, Okla.; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; and eight siblings, Walter Wiebe, Karl Wiebe, Henry Wiebe, and twins Jacob and Katie Wiebe, who died in infancy, Willard Wiebe, Esther Becker and Florence Nickel.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends between 2pm and 4pm.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at the First Mennonite Church in Newton.
A memorial has been established with the Wycliffe Bible Translators, contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com. Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.