OBITUARY

Elaine Waters Queen

June 22, 1932April 20, 2021
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Our most precious mother, Elaine Waters Queen, passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in the company of her loving children and daughter-in-law.

Born in Shelby, NC to Fred and Annie Lee Waters, she was one of four siblings. Raised in the mill town of Cramerton, NC, she played on the Cramerton High School women’s basketball team. Upon graduating, she married the love of her life, Dan H. Queen, Sr. They first lived in Kings Mountain, NC then relocated to Gastonia, NC to raise their three children.

In 1973 Elaine and Dan opened Queen’s Shell (known to many as either Queen’s Texaco or Queen’s Crown) at 915 Providence Road in Myers Park. Through their hard work and determination, they built a successful business that served as a Myers Park Community staple for 47 years.

Aside from being a devoted wife, mother, and small-business owner, Elaine was also a devoted caregiver. Throughout her life, she tended to her mother, her father, and her brother until their deaths. Then, when Elaine’s husband suffered a debilitating stroke, she too cared for him for 19 years. A responsibility so consuming many discouraged her not to take it on, she remained unwaveringly adamant: “He’s my husband and I’m taking care of him.”

Elaine’s greatest joy in life was her family. She was the happiest in the presence of her children and grandchildren during the holiday season and on most Sundays. She was a pillar of strength, kindness, love and faith to all her family. Proverbs 31: 27-31 best describes Elaine: “she watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed...Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

Elaine is preceded in death by her parents, Annie Lee and Fred; her sister, Rowena Hall; her two brothers, William Earl Waters (died as infant) and Robert Dennis Waters; and her husband, Dan H. Queen, Sr.

She is survived by her sister, Doris Jean Bumgardner; her children, Linda Diane Queen, Debra Jean McIver (Ken), Dan H. Queen, Jr. (Kathy); her grandchildren, Kimberly Elaine Phillips (named in honor of her grandmother), Matthew Jacob McIver, Sydney Tyler Queen, Dan H. Queen, III, and John Robert Queen; and nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Elaine will be held on Monday, April 26 from 6:00-8:00 pm at McEwen at Myers Park, 500 Providence Road. A private family service and interment will be held on Tuesday, April 27 at 11:00 am at Sharon Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Presbyterian Harris Hospice in honor of Elaine Waters Queen.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 26, 2021

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Bob Finley

April 30, 2021

From the time I first moved to Charlotte in the early 1980s and met them, the Queen family has been special. Mrs. Queen, as I always called her, was a gracious lady. I remember her and Mr. Queen with the warmest of memories.

jane harper

April 30, 2021

Like so many families in the neighborhood, our family has missed the Queens very much, and we were so sorry to learn of Elaine's death. She was a "Queen" to all--a wonderful wife, mother and neighbor. Our sympathies to the Queen family.
Jane and Woody

Elizabeth Iwaoka

April 29, 2021

Dear Linda, Debra, and Dan, I was out of town and just learned of Elaines passing, She always impressed me with her generosity of spirit, caring for everyone in her life without resentment. She was brave facing the consequences of aging, and always seemed able to give me a smile. Both she and the rest of your family were my favorite patients and I wish I had been here for the visitation. Bob and I both send our best, we miss you!

Warm wishes,
Bob and Elizabeth Iwaoka

Nancy Willis

April 28, 2021

Dear Queen Family, I was a long time customer of your business, and remember your precious Mother coming in sometimes. I am so very sorry four your loss, God Bless you through your grievance. Nancy Willis

William Cowden

April 28, 2021

Regret I could not attend the visitation. I have fond memories of you mom. The Queen’s have been special to the Cowden family for many years. Miss you all. Bill and Betty Cowden

Dave and Jackie Traynor

April 26, 2021

IT IS WITH JOY,DAVEAND I KNEW AND SHARED SO MANY STORIES AND WONDERFUL MEMORIES WITH YOUR MOTHER. SHE WAS A
GRACIOUS,LOVING,COMPASSIONATE LADY,WHO REMEMBERED ALL OF QUEENS CUSTOMERS AND WELCOMED THEM ,AS FRIENDS.IT IS WITH SADNESS,YOU THE FAMILY AND WE THE FRIENDS SHALL MISS HER,HOWEVER SHES HAPPY SHE'S WITH HER LOVING HUSBAND, DAN.LOVE TO ALL.REGARDS .JACKIE AND DAVE TRAYNOR.

Caroline Noojin

April 26, 2021

To me, your precious mama was a bright light, those brown eyes always twinkling even when to me her circumstances looked gloomy. Always. Hers was a life filled with suffering which no one would ever know just by looking at her. She was a shining example of courage, endurance and, yes, good cheer. Such A lovely, strong lady.
I miss her and All of you.
Caroline Noojin

June Rhyne

April 25, 2021

Thinking of the Queen family who took such great care of the Rhynes for so many years. Hoping you all find peace knowing Mrs Queen is reunited with all those that she cared so deeply for. Miss you all... June Rhyne

Bailey Barnett

April 25, 2021

I am so so sorry to hearing of the passing of Mrs. Queen. She was a loving businesswoman, mother and wife. We all miss the Queen family in Eastover and Myers Park. You always felt like family when I would visit the station (which was often). Danny even gave me lessons about my car the last day he was there. Please know that your family made a big difference in all of the lives of the people you served. We will always miss you.

Jim Copses

April 25, 2021

Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Mrs.Queen...a wonderful and kind lady...she and Mr.Queen were extremely valued parts of my Park Place Pharmacy family..God Bless.

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