Arapahoe, Nebraska

Elsie Jane Townsend, age 62, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at her home. She was born February 18, 1950 at Omaha, Nebraska to Richard & Dorothy (Knapp) Jackson.

Elsie went to Omaha Technical High School where she met Eugene Townsend. They were united in marriage on December 31, 1966 in Irvington, Nebraska. To this marriage, they were blessed with 5 children. Elsie & Gene made their home in Arlington, Nebraska until moving to Elwood in 2000 where they ran The Reverie Cafe on Elwood Reservoir. Elsie enjoyed cooking, throwing darts, sewing, and spending time with family and friends. Elsie & Gene retired to Arapahoe in 2010. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

She is preceded in death by her parents, mother-in-law Shirley Townsend, brother Richard Jackson, sister Maureen Heywood, & brother-in-law Chuck Heywood.

Survivors include husband Eugene Townsend of Arapahoe, Nebraska

                                 Sons: Daniel & wife Penelope Townsend of Arapahoe, Nebraska

                                           Gary & wife Heather Townsend of Fairfield, Nebraska

                                           Adam & wife Gretchen Townsend of Wellington, Colorado

                                           Kenneth & wife Nicole Townsend of Elwood, Nebraska

                                           James Townsend of Arapahoe, Nebraska

                           Brothers: David Jackson & Family of Omaha, Nebraska

                                           Donald Jackson & Family of Harlan, Iowa

                                           Frank Jackson & Family of Omaha, Nebraska

                                           Eugene Jackson & Family of Omaha, Nebraska

                              Sisters: Linda Bestwick & Family of Omaha, Nebraska

                                            Judy Williamson & Family of Omaha, Nebraska

11 Grandchildren,                      2 Great Grandchildren

Special Friend: Peg Cozad of Omaha, Nebraska, along with many nieces and nephews.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at www.wenburgfuneralhome.com. Viewing & visitation will be 1 hour befor Funeral Service at the church. Funeral services will be Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier & Pastor Duane Simonson, officiating. Burial will be at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or donorís choice. Wenburg Funeral Home, of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.