Elkin Goddard Alston

July 26, 1917July 14, 2011

Elkin Goddard Alston, Mrs. Philip Henry Alston, Jr., 94 of Sea Island, Georgia passed away at her residence Thursday, July 14, 2011, being cared for by her long time friend, Alice Flowers. There will be a memorial service at 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at H.M. Patterson and Sons Spring Hill located at corner of Spring Street and 10th.

She was born June 26, 1917 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late John Newton and Mary Nicolson Goddard. Mrs. Alston enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grand children and gardening. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Goddard Pickens.

She was active in the Atlanta community, as a founding member of The Forward Arts Foundation, one of the so called "Dirty Douzen". She was active in the Junior League and a former Board Member of The Egleston Children's Hospital. She also served her country along side of her husband, Philip, US Ambassador to Australia. She was also a member of Mimosa Garden Club, The Piedmont Driving Club, The Capitol City Club and The Sea Island Club.

Survivors include daughter, Elkin Goddard Alston, son, John Goddard (Jimmy) Alston and wife Gayle, five grandchildren, James Edward (Jimmy) Cushman and wife Jackie, Elkin Cushman Taylor and husband, Roger, John Goddard Alston, Jr. and wife Terri, Edith Alston McDonnell and husband Sean, Jennifer Alston Euart and husband Pat; eight great grandchildren, Margaret May "Maggie" Cushman, Robert G.Cushman, Philip Henry Alston III, John "Jack" Goddard Alston III, May Alston McDonnell, Julia Gray McDonnell, Alston Elizabeth Euart, and Lucile "Lucy" Stokes Euart.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Atlanta Botanical Garden or Humane Society of Coastal Georgia, 4627 Hwy. 17 North, Bruswick, Georgia.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Bill Nipper

July 21, 2011

Elkin, I just learned of your Mother's death and wanted to send my condolences to you and the family. Sincerely, Bill Nipper

Karen Varrone

July 20, 2011

To the family of Mrs. Alston, We wish you love and peace at this time of loss of such a wonderful lady. Our family is keeping your family in prayer and thought today and always. Her legacy is strong in the family members we have the pleasure of knowing. God Keep each of you (especially the little ones) in the palm of his hand. Karen and Angelo Varrone , Clara and Evan J. Hunter, Jr.

July 20, 2011

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Caroline and Marion Smith III

July 19, 2011

To the family of Mrs Alston, it is with my deepest sympathy that I write these words. My Mother Alice considers you and your Mother as her family. I want to thank each of you for enriching my Mother's life through her lifelong friendship with Mrs Alston. You are continually in my thoughts and prayers and my God comfort you all during your time of Bereavement.

Minister Gerald Flowers

July 17, 2011

We are so sorry for the loss of such a great person...our hearts are with the family and many friends of Elkin.

Swan Nicolson