During her most difficult times Elma was always thinking of everyone else’s well being. Her career was a perfect fit; Elma was a home health aide. Thanksgiving mornings often found her cooking dinner for the families of patients that she cared for, returning back to her home to cook a 2nd dinner for her own family. No wonder she was chosen three times as aide of the year. But, of course, even as dedicated she was to her career, she found her real calling late in life: she was a grandmother and great-grandmother for the ages. She took the grands to many a yard sale and taught them to cook chicken and dumplings, Jewish apple cake and biscuits and gravy. Obviously, though she lived in New Jersey, she never lost her southern ways, especially when it came to her music. Elma loved old time country music: Tammy Wynette, George Jones and Johnny Cash. If her ear wandered from country, it was usually for Elvis or her favorite Christian classics. She found a second home, worshipping at Kingsway Baptist Church.
March of 1965 she’d meet a handsome guy named Milton at the roller-skating rink. She’d marry him in July: 58 years married to her best friend. They were blessed with three children: Robert (Joan), Julie (the late Garry) Lucas and Caroline (Douglas) Kier; and later by 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of Erma Zimmerman, Wilma Wright, the late Mary Sue Coen and Ginny (Roscoe) Wine.
Come celebrate 78 great years Friday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 to 11 a.m. at Kingsway Baptist Church, Mickleton where there will be an 11 a.m. service. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro. Donations in lieu of flowers to Kingsway Baptist Church, 744 Kings Highway, Mickleton, NJ 08056 will be appreciated.