Elsie Harriett (Orcutt) Huntsinger, 96, a homemaker, business owner and lifelong Conrad resident, died of natural causes Wednesday at Pondera Medical Center Extended Care Unit in Conrad.
Funeral Services were held Monday at the Pondera Funeral Home with burial in Hillside Cemetery.
Elsie was born Jan. 19, 1914, to Bert and Alice (Vallem) Orcutt at the family farm southwest of Conrad. She was the only girl in a family with five brothers. She was a very hard worker on the farm and never had any trouble keeping up with her brothers. She met John “Jack” Franklin Huntsinger and they were later married in December 1933, in Conrad. In 1943, they were finally blessed with their first son John “Bill”, with Thomas and Daniel following shortly thereafter. They lived on their own farm, where they raised their sons, until 1948, when Jack broke his back in an accident on the farm and they then sold their farm and moved to town. They eventually owned Huntsinger Buick, Equitable Insurance Agency and the Huntsinger apartments.
Elsie was an extremely hard worker. She loved to be outside doing yard work, camping and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren when she was able. She loved to sew and to make quilts for her family and friends. She was a soft-spoken Christian woman whom everyone loved upon meeting. She may not have been big in stature, but her personality and heart were huge, and for that she will always be cherished and remembered.
Elsie is survived by her sons, Bill Huntsinger of Conrad, Tom (Barb) Huntsinger of Columbia Falls and Dan (Shauna) Huntsinger, Pocatello, Idaho; grandchildren Lana (Eugene) Underdahl and sons Blayne and Blake; Lisa (Cory) Shepherd and children Amber, Alyssa, Jarek and Shae; Brett (Marci) Huntsinger and son Caden, all of Conrad, Kristi Funk and children Lauren, Olivia and Ava of Boise, Idaho, Danielle (Trent) Anderson and sons Xander and Xachary and a new great-grandchild to be born this summer, all Pocatello, Trevor Huntsinger of Pocatello, John Huntsinger Sands and Travis Huntsinger Sands and his two daughters; and sisters-in-law Elsie Ann Orcutt and Eythe Orcutt. She is also survived by numerous other relatives by whom she will be greatly missed.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Alice Orcutt; her husband, Jack, in 1985; brothers George Orcutt, Elbert “Tuffy” Orcutt, Vernon “Pat” Orcutt, Robert “Bun” Orcutt and Howard Orcutt; and a special daughter-in-law, Karen.
We love you and miss you, but know that you are finally at peace.
Memorials are suggested to Pondera Medical Center Extended Care Unit, Hospice or Alzheimer’s Research.