Edith Elaine Ahlers

September 25, 1920February 4, 2014

Edith Elaine Edwards Ahlers, born September 25, 1920, to Cecil Clyde and Jessie (Savage) Edwards in Marion, LA, passed away on February 4, 2014. Her childhood was spent in and around the north Louisiana towns of Marion, Haile, and Farmerville.

Elaine wrote her memoires at the request of her children and told of growing up on a farm during the depression years. It was a hard life but full of great stories and experiences which taught her perseverance, the value of relationships and teamwork. Her family lost their farm. They eventually moved to Monroe where Elaine went to business school. It was at her first job after school that she met Joe (Joseph Richard Ahlers).

They married in 1939. Joe and Elaine had their first child, Joe Jr., in 1941. Joe served in the Army during WWII, so Elaine and Joe Jr. moved to Pineville, LA to live with her dad. After the war the family moved to Bossier City where Joe worked for the IC Railroad. Two more children were born to them; Dianne in 1948 and Pam in 1953. Joe died in 1998. They were married 56 years. Elaine remained in their home on Whittington Street until 2011 when health issues made it impossible to stay.

Elaine was active in First Baptist Church Bossier from 1953 until 2011, serving in many roles there. She taught Sunbeams, RAs, and was director of the Juniors Department for many years. She worked in the Nursery Department for more than 30 years. In later years she served as greeter for the early Adult Sunday School. After her three children were all adults, Elaine went to nursing school and became an LPN. She worked at Northwest State School until her retirement in 1976. She loved “her” kids there. Every time she spoke of those years she would get teary.

As her health began to fail she wondered why God “kept her here”. Her children know. She taught them acceptance of circumstances with grace, as she moved from her independence to living in a nursing home. She rarely complained.

In her memoires some of her last words were, “I feel I have had a beautiful life…hard, yes, but my reward is a wonderful family. I’m ready to join my family and my Lord. Thy will be done, dear Father”.

Elaine is also preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Melba Lorraine Edwards Church, and Gully Edwards. She is survived by her three children, Joe Ahlers, Jr. (Ingrid), Dianne Moore (Bill), and Pam Ahlers; seven grandchildren, Debbie Ahlers Pipes (Jim), Rich Ahlers, Meredith Ahlers, Chris Moore, Casey Moore Morrow (Adam), Mandi Falkner, and Cori Falkner Normand (Aaron); fourteen great-grandchildren, Amber Pipes Walker (Josh), Trey Pipes, J.R. Ahlers, Ian Watson, Izzy Watson, Logan Ridenour, Georgia and Christopher Moore, Ben and Ellie Morrow, Noah and Collin Boyter, and Bradley and Brandon Normand; and one great-great-grandchild, Joshua Walker.

Honorary pallbearers are Leroy and Carolyn Faith, Dean and Dorothy Mulig, and Bob and Fran Jeffreys. The family extends a very special thank you to Dr. Michael Rokaw, Lori and Sonya for giving Mrs. Ahlers quality of life in her last years. They would also like to thank the staff of Colonial Oaks Nursing Home and the friends and church family who remained faithful to check on her from time to time.

Charitable donations may be made in Elaine’s memory to the Diamond Set at First Baptist Church of Bossier, Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, or the charity of your choice.

“A CHALLENGE FOR THE NEW YEAR” I knelt to pray when day was done. And prayed, “O Lord, bless everyone: Lift from each saddened heart the pain, And let the sick be well again.” And then I woke another day And carelessly went on my way. The whole day long I did not try To wipe a tear from any eye. I did not try to share the load Of any brother on my road, I did not even go to see The sick man just next door to me. Yet once again when day was done I prayed, “O Lord bless everyone.” But as I prayed, into my ear There came a voice that whispered clear: “Pause, thoughtless one, before you pray, Whom have you tried to bless today: God’s sweetest blessings always go By hands that serve Him here below.” And then I hid my face, and cried, “Forgive me, I’ve not even tried. Let me but see another day And help me live the way I pray.” Whitney Montgomery


  • Visitation Sunday, February 9, 2014
  • Life Celebration Service Monday, February 10, 2014

Edith Elaine Ahlers

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February 20, 2014

My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50,76)

Becky Poe

February 18, 2014

Diane, your mother sounds like such a wonderful woman with an humble and loving heart. I pray for God to comfort you and help you remember every precious moment you could spend with her. Love and Prayers,

Margaret Wodke Roberts

February 13, 2014

Pam, I am so sad to learn of the loss of your mother. I am glad that you had her for such a long time. May God give comfort to you and your family.

Lynn Parnell

February 10, 2014

Diane, your mom sounds like a very strong lady, that loved her church and family. I know you will miss her. My prayers are with your family. Love, Lynn Parnell

Bob and Frances Bryan

February 10, 2014

Bob and I began visiting Mrs.Ahlers at Coloniual Oaks at the request of a friend. We are part of Caring Touch at Airline Baptist. She was a blessing to us. She had such faith and loved the LORD. We will miss her very much. Our prayers are with the family at this time.May our WONDERFUL LORD give you comfort and peace.

February 10, 2014

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Ahlers' passing. I have no memories of growing up in FBCBC that don't bring thoughts of her. Please know you are all in my prayers.

Julia Wachtel Watson

June Perkins

February 9, 2014

Family: Elaine's presence in my life has been one of my greatest gifts from God. She was a blessing. I will always love and cherish her memory. Much love to you all.

Kathie Miles

February 9, 2014

Sweet Dianne and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lean on our Lord and He will comfort you and give you peace.
Kathie Miles

Moe Letlow

February 9, 2014

Sorry about the loss of your mom. I will be praying for your family.

D Wright

February 9, 2014

I am sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this time of loss.