January 11, 1927 – July 5, 2008
Elsie Kathleen Sulsbury passed away peacefully in her home on July 5, 2008 at the age of 81, predeceased by her husband John (Jack) Sulsbury. Survived by her 3 sons, Terry Levesque (wife Cher), Richard Snead (wife Carol), and Clifford Everett, daughter, Geraldina Sulsbury; 3 grandsons, Shannon Norton (wife Kaylee), David Levesque (wife Brenda), Carl Levesque (wife Christine), granddaughter, Rebekah Norton, and great-granddaughter, Chekina Norton. Last but not least her faithful canine companion Laska.
Born in Essex, England on January 11, 1927, her family moved to Canada when she was a child. As a young girl Elsie was always the rebel child. She pushed the envelope to what was acceptable for proper women of her era. The black sheep of the family she left home at a very early age. As a teen she dressed as a boy and drove delivery truck to POW camps in Northern Ontario. Upon becoming a single mother, she did everything from working as a bailiff in the late 1950’s to running 3 skid row theatres in Portland, Oregon for an eccentric American high school teacher. She even went so far as to employ an African American man in the theatre’s ticket booth during the Civil Right’s Movement; which made her very unpopular with many local’s and law enforcement.
After returning to Canada Elsie ran the Salmon River Hotel in Sayward for several years. Her natural business sense made the hotel into a going concern.
Possibly the happiest and most important period of Elsie’s life is when she met Jack Sulsbury. Together they made a successful commercial fishing team for over 10 years. Mother (Elsie) was always referred to as “Jack’s Sharp Stick”. Compared to his easy going demeanor Elsie was a fire brand.
Her entire life Elsie did things her way. Even to the end she insisted she live independently in her home despite family concerns (our sincere thanks to Home Care for their patience).
She gives new meaning to eccentric and leaves behind special memories to each of those she touched.
She is dearly loved, sorely missed, and at PEACE
As trying as you could be, we’ll miss you Mom/Grandma/Great Grandma.