May 30, 1931 - Oct. 8, 2013
ELKHART — Elsie May Rock, 82, of Elkhart, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Elsie was born May 30, 1931, in South Bend to the late Orville and Ruth (Mendenhall) DeGraff.
The 1950 graduate of Elkhart High School loved to dance, and met her husband, Royal Rock, at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, where they were both students.
They married May 20, 1951, in Elkhart, and enjoyed dancing together for as long as she was able.
Elsie is survived by her devoted husband, Royal Rock of Elkhart, and three children, Edward (Sandra) Rock of Elkhart, Robin A. Rock of Dallas and Kelly (Brian) Bowen of White Pigeon, Mich. Also surviving are her brother, James (Joan) DeGraff of Portage, Mich.; and five grandchildren, Brenda (Adam) Arms, Christopher Rock, Carol (companion Joann) Ledesma, Mary (Dominic) Gordon and Matthew (Mary) Cunningham. Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren.
Elsie was preceded in death by her siblings Betty, Orville, Lois, Doris, Patricia and Shirley.
There will be one hour of calling prior to the 6 p.m. celebration of her life on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 4206 E. Bristol St., Elkhart.
Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola is handling arrangements.
Elsie began working with computer technology in the early 1950s, working for Miles Laboratories and later C.G. Conn in Elkhart, before retiring in the early 1970s. In her younger years she enjoyed crocheting and bowling. She was well known for her witty one-liners and her inspiration to others through her positive attitude during her disability and the difficulties associated with it.
The Rock family wishes to extend a special note of thanks to Elkhart General Home Care for its years of dedication and care for Elsie during her time of need.
In her memory, donations may be made to the Center for Hospice Care. To leave a memory or an online condolence visit www.chapelhillmemorial.com.