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Obituary: Ilse M. Elling

6/21/1904 ~ 3/9/2003

Born June 21, 1904 in Hannover, Germany to Karl and Margarethe Rueter. Married Adolf W. Elling August 19, 1933. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Preceded in death by her husband. Survived by son and daughter-in-law Drs. Karl and Barbara Elling; daughter Gabriele E. Hammond and her husband Marvin J.; seven grand-children: Vivien E. Elling (Michael Sperb), Michael Elling (Monika), Tracy Pease (Craig), Christine Walker (Bryan), Stephanie Prietz, Michelle Munch-Thore, Jason E. Hammond; three step-grandchildren: Rebecca Black (Bill), Margaret Larsen (Jeff), Mary Hale (Ron); 13 great grand-children.

In her long life she pursued many interests. As a young woman she played the piano and developed a keen interest in literature. She critiqued novels and scripts in her husband's motion picture production company. She was an accomplished hostess and managed her household with elegance and efficiency. She was very proud of her heritage, sharing family stories and traditions with her children and their families. Despite her age she remained involved and interested in their lives and was keenly aware of their talents and needs.

She immigrated to the USA in 1955 and loved the freedoms and opportunities of her adopted land. She was an active member of the LDS Church with deep abiding faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She studied nursing and worked for many years at Primary Children's Hospital until her retirement at age 72. She loved children, especially those with complex physical and emotional needs and had a large fan club of grateful patients and parents.

She loved to travel, write letters and tell stories. Many qualities became more pronounced in her in her old age. While often forgetful she continued to be gracious, generous and accurate in her dealings with others. She was grateful for the beauties of life and ended each day with an expression of thanks to her family for their love and care.

She was fiercely independent and overcame many major health problems with discipline and sheer will. Her motto "make the best of it" was an inspiration to those that knew and loved her.

Funeral Services: Thursday, March 13, 2003, 12:00 noon at East Millcreek LDS Chapel, 2702 Evergreen Avenue, Salt Lake City. Friends may call from 10:00-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a contribution to Primary Children's Medical Center.