ELSIE E. PRELL (DEXTER)

By: 
NLJ Staff

Oct. 16, 1925—Jan. 24, 2019

Elsie Prell put on her hat and golden slippers and went to dance for the angels Jan. 24, 2019. She was the only child of Helen and John Dexter, of Newcastle, Wyo. She grew up there, where she lived and married Glen A. Prell in January of 1947. Blessed with six children, they lived in many towns across Wyoming and operated their own business in Riverton Wyo. Her husband worked the oil fields before moving to Powell in 1979. 

She was known around the state as the “Hat Lady.” Wearing her vast array of crazy hats, she danced with The Travelers and Old Time Fiddlers, entertaining across the Basin at nursing homes, Cassie’s restaurant, and the fair parade. She helped raise her great grandsons, Devon and Glen Prell, in Powell, who would also dance alongside of her. 

She was a member of the VFW and the Eagles Auxiliary. Elsie was a charitable woman who enriched the community with her happy demeanor, donating toys to schools and time to the yearly Christmas giveaway. Elsie wanted the world to be a joyful place and left us on the quote, “only cry at the happy things.” 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant daughter Joanna Rae Prell, and grandchildren Jessie Moore and Jennifer Chase. 

She is survived by children, Glenda Moore of Spokane, Wash., Joy Johnson of Rapid City, S.D., Daniel Prell of Powell, Sandra Prell of Powell, and John (Diane) Prell of Indianapolis, Ind; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a multitude of friends she considered her grandchildren.

Celebration of her life is planned for the spring, in Powell. Memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 819, Powell, WY 82435.

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