Violet Elsie Glasgow, 98, of Burlington, died at 4:45 PM Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the OakView Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Burlington.
Born July 9, 1921, in Council Bluffs, IA, she was the daughter of Ralph and Elsie Mae Danielson DeGuerre. On May 14, 1943, she married Robert Madsen. They later divorced. Years later, she married Robert L. Glasgow in Galesburg, IL on November 6, 1952. He died July 11, 2003.
She graduated from Burlington High School and The Burlington School of Business. During World War II, she worked for the Des Moines County Draft Board #2. Elsie worked as a secretary at the Iowa Ordnance Plant and later retired from District Court and the State of Iowa.
Elsie, as those who loved her called her, loved her family. She loved large family gatherings at her house. She especially loved Christmas and all the family who invaded her house on Christmas Day. She spent hours putting together albums of antique family heirloom photos to share with her family. She was passionate about collecting, especially antique jewelry and fine china. She was the world's best hostess. You always felt welcomed and loved at her house. She was a great cook and made sure to prepare everyone's favorite dish.
Elsie loved to crochet and made afghans for anyone who wanted one. She was most of all loved by her grandchildren, Scott, Sean, Jennie and Kevin and her sons. Jesus, her church, and old hymns were never far from her thoughts and words. She loved the Bible and read it every morning. Over the years, she was active in Democratic Politics including being a staffer for the Democratic Congressman. She was a long-time member of the West Burlington United Methodist Church.Janice, Scott, and her husband, Randy, loved Elsie and she loved them. They were her treasured friends. She will be forever missed by those who loved her.
Survivors include two sons, Robert (Joan) Madsen of Minneapolis, MN, and Michael (Kathy) Glasgow of Marcellus, MI; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Don (Ruth) DeGuerre of Chesterfield, MO and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband Robert, she is preceded in death by Robert Madsen, and an infant daughter, Susan Kay Madsen.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.
The Graveside Committal Service for Mrs. Glasgow will be 10:00 AM Friday, October 16, 2020, at Aspen Grove Cemetery with Reverend Elizabeth Bell officiating.
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