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Mrs. Elsie Marie Bookman

Elsie Marie Bookman, 95, of Amanda, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Fairfield Medical Center. Elsie was born on April 3, 1916 in Amanda and was the daughter of the late Ray Elmont and Clara Elizabeth (Moody) Dickson. Elsie was a 1934 graduate of Amanda High School, member of St. Peters Lutheran Church and owned and operated the Amanda Furniture Store for over 60 years. Elsie and her husband Lyle were charter members of the Pickaway Country Club.
Elsie is survived by a brother, Arthur L. (Ramona) Dickson of Lancaster; sister-in-law, Mary Dickson of Florida; nieces and nephews, Mary Maurer, Shirley Belvin, Art Dickson and Dan Dickson and numerous nieces and nephews of her husband Lyle. She was also survived by many special friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Bookman and two brothers, Paul and Carl Dickson.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME in Amanda. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family would like memorial contributions made to the Salvation Army Adult Day Services, 228 W. Hubert Ave., Lancaster, Ohio 43130 in Elsie's memory.

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My thoughts and prayers are with Joann Wolfe and her family. I know how much she loved her Aunt Elsie and enjoyed doing things for her. I know she will be sadly missed.
Betty Cruit

Betty Cruit - February 01, 2012 at 11:55 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Elsie ,Was fine Lady, I worked for her when i was a teenager, She treated me just like a son, She sure will be missed . Love You Elsie, John Green

John Green - January 31, 2012 at 01:30 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Loved Elsie, such a wonderful lady. She had a way of always making you feel special. And so talented. I still have curtains and furniture from the furniture store. She will be missed and remembered for a long time to come. Bob and Sandy Hooker

Sandy Hooker - January 31, 2012 at 03:51 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM


KIMBERLY KEYES - January 31, 2012 at 01:40 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Valerie Raymond is following this tribute.

January 31, 2012 at 03:58 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Elsie was one of my dearest friends,that I loves very much. She was a strong, loving, caring women. That was full of life. Amanda was her home where she wanted to be. She loved talking about how it was when she was growing up in Amanda, seeing all the changes that Amanda has made over many years. She loved talking about all the things her and her husband use to do.Where they have been and the good times they had. She lived for her store and her customers. She was there 6 days a week listening to her radio (a.m) at her little desk.Waiting on people just to come in, just not to shop( that was a bonus to her)she loved to get to know people.
I got the biggest tickle out of her when she got her scooter. She was gettin all over the store hitting things along the way, (including me) but she would laugh and say" I'll get the hang of this!" That she did I gave her a nickname at the end of that week "Mrs. Flash" 1 minute you would see her the next she was zooming in and out of the store room, all over. I know that Elise is with her love ones now, the ones she has missed for so many years. I just want to thank God for allowing me to know such a wonderful women, and have her be apart of my family and my life. Amanda will not be the same with her gone. We lost our little Queen, but we will see her again one day. Until that day comes Elise just know you was loved and will be greatly missed from all of your friends. Thank you for sharing your 95 years with all of us. Love you Mrs. Flash until we meet again.


Valerie Raymond - January 31, 2012 at 03:56 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I have so many wonderful memories of my Aunt Elsie, especially, as a child, running and jumping on the furniture in her store that seemed to be the world's largest building as seen through my young eyes. Elsie was a real lady, always dressed perfectly with beautiful red hair. She always seemed thrilled to see me (I can't imagine why), offering treats and never complaining about my rowdy behavior. As I became an adult my visits to Amanda were always special. Please accept my condolences.
Tim Sharpe ( Louise Bookman's son).

Tim Sharpe - January 31, 2012 at 07:39 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Lit a candle in memory of Mrs. Elsie Marie Bookman

Barbara Gobel - February 02, 2012 at 07:18 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ms. Elsie, as my family and I lovingly called Elsie, was one of the finest women we have ever had the pleasure knowing. After we were married, over 20 years ago, my husband took me to meet her, and to buy some of our first furniture together. It was a family tradition as my in-laws did the very same thing. We became fast friends. We talked about family and town history, genealogy, and even jewelry making. Ms. Elsie made me a few necklaces, which are now part of my most treasured items.

She was a classy and beautiful lady. Never did I see her feathers ruffled, even when some very energetic children were in the store! She was always dressed and poised for business or a nice visit. She made everyone feel welcome and important.

Our family will truly miss her. Our lives were blessed with having known Ms. Elsie. One day we will all meet again. Until that day, she is forever in our memories and hearts.

Hugs and prayers to her family,

Marylou, Shaun, Nikolas and Hamilton Hill
Circleville, OH

The Hill Family - February 01, 2012 at 11:37 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To know Elsie was one of the greatest GIFTS one could ever hope to receive in a lifetime.
She was a first class act truly ahead of the times. For years she would go to work dressed to the nines in the most fashionable suits and heels always keeping her red hair styled with an elegant touch. She enjoyed her time at the lake with her beloved husband Lyle and golfing at the Country Club in Pickaway County where many good times were shared with the finest of friends. She loved people and made everyone feel important. She kept you entertained and shared the most interesting knowledge of community events, the history of "How it used to be when she was a little girl."
Amanda Furniture Store was her "baby"! She had it built, filled it with very well priced items and collected antiques. Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 was the last day she worked.
She kept herself busy at home making jewlery with beads she collected from all over the world and took pride in giving them to those she loved, which was everyone she met!
She supported any and many of the communities needs from the American Soya Festival, fire department/ems to establishing a scholarship fund with the Amanda-Clearcreek School District.
Elsie was a loving, gifted, talented woman whose memory will remain in the hearts of all.
My thoughts and prayers will continue to go to all family belonging to Elsie and Lyle Bookman especially the neices and nephews. She loved all of you very much.
I love you Elsie. You will be missed!

Barbara Gobel - February 02, 2012 at 08:06 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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