Velta Elaine Eldred of Golden City went home to her Savior on March 19, 2018 at the age of 101. She peacefully left this world at Cox Barton County Hospital surrounded by her family. Elaine was born March 17, 1917 in Louisburg MO to William Radford and Jemima Elizabeth (Williams) Jones. She grew up in that area one of eleven children. She attended Carter School near Louisburg and Huckabee School at Urbana, MO. At age 13 she was baptized at Lindley Creek near Urbana, Missouri and was a faithful follower of Jesus her entire life and a member of the First Baptist Church of Golden City at the time of her passing. She married Earl Wade Eldred on October 17, 1937 in Polk County, Missouri and later moved to Golden City where she and Wade lived their life farming. Elaine was an integral part of the farm raising large gardens, assisting Wade with chores and for a period of time running a route delivering fresh milk in the Golden City area. In 1977 she and Wade acquired Cooky’s Café in Golden City and operated it in partnership with several of her children until her retirement in 1987. Following which she lived independently for the remainder of her years. She was an avid gardener, accomplished quilter, and a very skilled cook with a pie baking skill second to none. She loved playing cards and did so at every opportunity participating in a weekly card game with her friends up to the final weeks of her life.
She was preceded in death by Wade her husband of 49 years, parents, sisters Ressie Greer, Elsie Bridges, Goldena Stallings, brothers Alfred Jones, Jessie Jones, Leo Jones, Lawrence Jones, H. Wilfred Jones, Clifton Jones, sons Jim Eldred, and infant Donald Eldred, Grandsons Rick Eldred and Michael Higgs, and son in law David Higgs.
She is survived by a sister Edna Mae Morrison of Orange, CA, son Bill Eldred (Rosemary) of Butler, Daughter Bonnie Higgs of Windsor, Daughter in law Carol Eldred of Golden City, Daughter Sharon Julian (Keith) of Lockwood, Daughter Sandra Pyle (Bob) of Stockton, Daughter Shirley Bull (Sam) of Lamar, and Daughter Debra Salzman of Webb City.
She is also survived by 25 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren, and 27 great-great grandchildren, a multitude of cousins, nieces, and nephews. She leaves this world known to scores of people simply as “Grandma Elaine”
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 24th, at Golden City Baptist Church where the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time Saturday. Burial will be in Dudenville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Lamar Lions Club in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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