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Elizabeth May Rosel

Joe Denoyer - September 13, 2017 12:04 pm

Elizabeth May Rosel, age 94, of Ulysses, Kansas, died Friday, September 8, 2017, at Western Prairie Senior Living Community in Ulysses. She was born August 31, 1923, in Liberal, Kansas, the daughter of William T. (Ted) and Anna (Gray) Rosel.

May lived with her parents at Moscow, Kansas, until the age of five when the family moved to Ulysses. She attended Ulysses schools, graduating from Grant County Rural High School in 1941. After attending Panhandle A&M College in Goodwell, Oklahoma, for two years, May obtained a temporary teaching certificate due to the shortage of teachers during WWII. She taught in the Ulysses elementary school system for three years while attending Fort Hays State College during the summers and in 1947 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, May joined her mother as a partner in the Gray and Rosel Department Store. May was well known in the Ulysses community during a business career that spanned five decades. She was a member of various civic organizations and was always an enthusiastic supporter of Ulysses and Grant County.

May loved visiting and spending time with family and friends. She played bridge regularly and often hosted bridge club. She was accomplished in the art of needlepoint, designing and creating many beautiful and original needlepoint works. May taught needlepoint classes and was a member of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, attending numerous national needlepoint seminars where she was recognized for her skill and design work.

May is survived by numerous family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

May’s family would like to acknowledge and thank June Mason, May’s longtime personal assistant and caregiver, as well as the staff of Park View Assisted Living and The Legacy at Park View for their warm and loving care of May during her last years and months.

Funeral service will be Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Ulysses with Reverend Todd Guinn officiating. Interment will follow at Moscow Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, September 17, 2017, from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. Memorial contributions may be given to Grant County Community Foundation in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880. Condolences may be posted at