Elva R. McDonough

February 20, 1925November 28, 2018

Elva Cowart McDonough passed away peacefully at home on November 28, 2018 at the age of 93. Born Elva Genevieve Richards on February 20, 1925, she is survived by her two loving daughters Sandra (Martyn) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Sherry (Steve) of La Habra, California. Elva was predeceased by her beloved husband Cecil Cowart in 1974, Sherry and Sandra’s dearly missed father. She remarried in 1975 to Jack McDonough, and they made their home first in Memphis, Tennessee and then in Jacksonville, Florida until Jack’s passing in 2011 when Elva moved to Fort Lauderdale to live with Sandra. Always having a head for numbers, Elva worked as a bookkeeper at Episcopal School in Jacksonville. She and Jack loved traveling, especially to the mountains, and they really enjoyed riding bicycles, proudly taking part in Jacksonville Bike MS to fundraise for Multiple Sclerosis research and services. Elva will be remembered for her sharp mind, her kind and gentle nature, her wonderful baking, and her love of animals, especially little dogs.

She leaves behind 6 grandchildren: Todd, John, Kacey, Carrie, Brandon, and Blake, and many great-grandchildren. A graveside memorial service will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery on Sunday December 9, 2018 at 11:00 am. Please Sign the guestbook at HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family


  • Graveside Service Sunday, December 9, 2018

Elva R. McDonough

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Paulette Valla

December 10, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Elva’s passing. She was a wonderful person and was so good to my Mom, her sister Jacqueline. I have fond memories of visiting with her and Uncle Jack during family birthday celebrations. Aunt Elva was a warm and caring person and she and Uncle Lloyd played an important role in my life as I was growing up; always making sure that my mother was able to give us a good Christmas. She was such fun to be around, always smiling and laughing. I was happy for her when she moved to Ft. Lauderdale to be close to her family, but I did miss seeing her. She will always have a warm place in my heart.

Judy Miller

December 6, 2018

I was the bookstore manager at Episcopal High School and worked closely with Elva. I enjoyed her friendship and guiidence. She was a wonderful person and I know you will miss her greatly. She spoke of you two girls often. Unfortunately, because of health, I was unable to continue the friendship. It was an honor to know your mother.