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Patricia Ann Elder

August 17, 1930December 17, 2017

On December 16, 2017, Patricia Ann Elder “Pat”, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family and friends, at the age of 87. Pat was born on August 30, 1930, in Picher, Oklahoma to the late George and Leona Yates. The family subsequently moved to Michigan, where they settled in the town of Breckenridge. Pat graduated from Breckenridge High School.. After graduation, Pat moved to Detroit to work for the local phone company, as a phone company operator. She was subsequently hired by Capital Airlines in 1952, and was stationed at the Midland/Bay City/Saginaw airport, where she worked as a Ticket Agent. It is during this time that she met her husband, who was also working for the airline as a Radio Engineer, and flew thru the area often. She married William “Bill” Elder on February 19, 1954, in the chapel at Alma College. She relocated to Arlington, Virginia after her marriage, and continued to work for Capital Airlines, which was purchased by United Airlines. Pat worked on what United called the Mainliner Desk, which handled travel reservations for members of Congress, as well as many of the larger companies of the day. Her career with Capital/ United Airlines spanned 35 years, until her retirement in 1985. Pat enjoyed traveling, and benefitted from the generous travel perks available to her due to her employment with the airlines. She and her husband, and later her Son, explored many locations around the world, and were able to visit family around the country freely due to these benefits. Pat loved to cook, which was a talent learned from her mother. Particularly memorable were the Christmas cookie baking marathons, where she would bake dozens of cookies, giving them as Holiday gifts, even sending cookies to her nephew while he was in Vietnam during the war. Her collection of cookbooks, and boxes full of clipped and handwritten recipes serve as a testament to her love of being in the kitchen. Pat was a member of Fairfax Circle Baptist Church for many years, and afterwards transferred to Calvary Hill Baptist Church. She was active in both churches, assisting in teaching Sunday School classes, and volunteering in many church activities. After retirement, she enjoyed working in her garden, volunteering with her church, and being a member of the Red Hat Ladies organization, where she made many new friends. However, the time Pat looked forward to the most, was their winter home in Arizona. Pat looked forward each year to leaving the harsh winter on the East Coast, and spending her time in the relative warmth of an Arizona winter, surrounded by a new group of friends, and drinking fresh squeezed juice from the fruit on the trees right outside their door. Pat is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, William “Bill” Elder, her Son Thomas “Tom” Elder, sister Jayne Anderson, many nieces and nephews, and extended family. Her sisters and brother preceded her in death. The family is particularly grateful to niece, Renee Brawner, who put her personal life on hold, traveling from North Carolina, to assist in caring for her Aunt during her final days.


  • Visitation Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 6, 2018


Patricia Ann Elder

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Vivian Rashidi

January 10, 2018

Dear Tom, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. May God rest her soul in peace. Please share my sincere condolences with your father and the rest of the family. Stay strong, you are all in my prayers.

Debi Bland

January 4, 2018

My cousin Pat and her husband Bill were always so good to us. It was always great fun when she, Bill and Tom visited California. We so looked forward to their visits. When our family visited DC in the summer of 1992 they were such gracious hosts. They took the time from their busy lives to show us many sites. I have to many fond memories of them over the years. Pat was always the first one to offer help when needed and I thank her for that. My parents so loved the times they spent together in Mesa Az during the winter months. You will be missed cousin. I know you are in a better place but it still doesn't make it any easier to lose you. Prayers for Bill and Tom in this time of sorrow. Love you Ron, Debi, Brian, and Erin .

Portia Kandemiri

January 4, 2018

Dear Tom, I am very sorry for the loss of your mom. May the good Lord comfort you at this time. She was a wonderful woman, who made a big difference to many people's lives. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your dad..

Peggy Bignell

January 4, 2018

Thomas: So sorry to hear about your Mom. Our Mothers are a true gift. I pray that God grant comfort and peace during this time of loss for you and your family. May the many memories of joy, tears and laughter fill your heart.

Brigitte Coleman

January 4, 2018

Tom, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She sounds like a wonderful lady and will be missed by many. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Al Muench

January 3, 2018

Tom, very sorry for the loss of your mom. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

Tina Dexheimer

January 3, 2018

Tom-So sorry to hear about your mom. Deepest condolences. Prayers to you and your family.
Tina (Dex) Dexheimer

January 3, 2018

Thomas: Mothers are precious and she had a wonderful life and she will always be blessing you and be strong for your family. with lots of prayers. Namaste.

Kim Crawford

January 3, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family.

Doug & Daisy Newberry

January 3, 2018

Bill - we are so sorry for your loss! Pat was always so kind and so much fun! I know there is a special place in heaven for her! May God bless you and your family!