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“We are sorry to hear of Aunt Elsie's passing. Surely her spirit and beautiful smile will be missed. Rickey always talked about her. She was a...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Gwendolyn, Damasque (Mimi), Koshka (Re Re) and DeLante' (Dak) Blagburn - MD

“Sorry to hear of your loss, I didn't know her but we are family my grandmother was her sister Violet Collins. That would make auntie Elsie Caldwell...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: LaTrece Hall - Bowie, MD

“Deaconess Elsie Burgess will always be remembered for her wisdom and smile. Keeping the Family lifted in prayer! ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Sheila Avery - Silver Spring, MD

“Extending much sympathy during this time of sorrow and praying that God will comfort you and give you strength for tomorrow . She is now resting easy...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Augusta Scott - Washington, DC

“Brenda.So Sorry to hear of your loss. May God continue to strengthen you. God showed favor by giving your mother 95 Blessed years and now she is...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Margie Brown - Silver Spring, MD

“Tycia and Family...So sorry for the loss of your Memom! She graced your presence for 95 years! Now she's up there singing with the Angels and taking...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Michelle Brown Slaughter - MD

“No one can replace your Mom, but God can comfort your heart. He knows what you need during this time much better than anyone else.With Deepest...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Mattie McDonald - Burtonsville, MD


Elsie Caldwell Burgess was born in Washington D.C. on August 7, 1921. She was the first of five children born to the late George and Violet Caldwell. She grew up in South Philadelphia and then later moved to Southwest Washington, D.C. She attended Randall Junior High School and Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C.

At an early age, Elsie attended Friendship Baptist Church in DC where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. She loved the Lord and her favorite Bible Verse is the 23rd Psalm. She loved to learn about the Lord in many ways. Elsie devoted her time to the church by serving in various ministries as a Deaconess, Senior Usher, the Prayer Band, Missionary, and the Welcome Committee.

Elsie was united in marriage to Clifton Neil Burgess on August 20, 1966.

Elsie worked as the first Black female elevator operator in Washington, D.C. She held several positions throughout her working career, such as a Waitress, Manager at Aristo Cleaners, Giant Food Cashier, and retired from the Federal Government as a Nurse's Assistant for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Elsie's life was filled with the joy and laughter of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a great sense of humor and always made everyone laugh. Family members and friends recall Elsie loving to take pictures, sew, bake, golf, read religious books, and spending time with family.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, George, II and Violet; sisters Violet and Demaqua and brothers Leonard and George, III.

Elsie Burgess departed this life peacefully and was called home to be with the Lord on August 20, 2016 at Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center. She leaves in God's care and to cherish her memory her loving husband Clifton Burgess; children Brenda and Ralph (Deborah); grandchildren Tycia, Kisha and Aishia; great-grandchildren Michael, II, Krista, Niama, Brooklynn, and Barelynn; and a host of relatives and friends.

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