Elsie Sophie Henriette Aronson, 89, of Payson, died June 18, 2008. She was born April 12, 1919 on a farm in Willow Township, Iowa to Fred and Marie (Topf) Kiepe.
She married Cliff Aronson on June 2, 1940 in Ute, Iowa.
In 1970, the couple moved to Phoenix where they had horse property and held many team ropings. In 1977 they relocated to Payson, buying horse property, boarding horses, selling Joe Roberts corral panels and more team roping.
They were staunch supporters of the Arizona Junior Rodeo, High School Rodeo Association and the Payson Pro Rodeo.
Mrs. Aronson's hobby was embroidering, making tea towels and pillowcases. Her work is a treasured lost art.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen of Tolleson; son, Dick (Lois) of Tolleson; daughter, Marcia of Payson; son-in-law, Jim Staudinger of Greeley, Colo.; sister, Margie Downing of Iowa; grandsons, Trevor Aronson of Fort Collins, Colo., Devon Aronson (Darci) of Phoenix, Troy (Tasha) and Ty Staudinger of Greeley, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Kyler Aronson Baker, Kody and Kaylee Staudinger of Greeley, Colo. and Tanner Aronson of Phoenix; and numerous relatives in Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff, in 1991, after 52 years of marriage; her parents; her daughter, Colleen Staudinger; and her sister, Helen Mahoney.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road. The Mary Martha Society of the church is graciously providing food and beverages following services.
Donations in Mrs. Aronson's name may be made to RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541 or Rock of Ages Lutheran Church for office equipment.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home and Chapel.