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Elsa Louise Engelsmann Ferry, age 106, of New Franklin, died peacefully Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, of natural causes.

She was born June 17, 1906, in St. Louis, Mo., to Herman and Amalie Holekamp Engelsmann.

Elsa graduated from Mary Institute and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

On June 6, 1931, Elsa married her college sweetheart, the late Newell S. Ferry Jr., an attorney in St. Louis.

Elsa spent most of her life in St. Louis and Webster Groves, Mo. She taught French and Latin in the Webster Groves school system until she and Newell retired to Lehigh Acres, Fla. While in Webster Groves she participated in many community activities and enjoyed many friends. In Lehigh Acres, Fla. she and Newell continued community activities, and golf, reading, bridge, traveling and many friends. After Newell's death in 1994, she moved to Missouri to be close to family.

Elsa was a loving mother to her two sons, Newell S. (Chip) Ferry III (Marty) of New Franklin,  and Seneca T. (Buzz) Ferry II, MD, (Elaine) of Oviedo, Fla. She was an adoring grandmother to James Ferry (Beth), Amalie Duvall, Kristen Papademetriou (Spyro), Scott Ferry, John Ferry and Megan Ferry. She was the proud great grandmother of six and one great-great grandchild.

Services will be held at a later date in Lehigh Acres, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Howard County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 328, Fayette, Mo. 65248.

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