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Zoeller Funeral Home

615 Landa, New Braunfels, TX

OBITUARY

Madaline Lillian Elliott

January 13, 1922June 29, 2019

Madaline Lillian Burks Elliott was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 13, 1922 to Gladys Catherine Carey and James Duncan Burks. She was the oldest girl of six. Her brother James D. Burks was the oldest, followed by Lillian, Jack, June, Jerry and Janet Lee. She lost her brother, Jerry, to whooping cough before his 3rd birthday. Her father was a railroad engineer and her mother ran a boarding house for railroad employees. He was killed in an accident before her 9th birthday and her mother re-married the following year to Curtis Gooch. He moved the family to Kentucky where they farmed. Coincidentally, across the road was a farm owned by Silas M. Elliot and Bessie B. Elliott who had a fine looking son named Ronald Adams Elliott and his five sisters, Beatrice, Gwen, Juanita, Faye and Nancy. They all became good close friends and years later when Ronald wanted to date Lillian and she said, “No!,” he said, “That’s okay. I’ll just ask June and she’ll go out with me and you’ll have to go too as chaperone!” He told Lillian at age 16 that he intended to marry her and she said, “We’ll see about that!” It took him two years after graduation to get her to finally agree. They were married for 55 years. Ronald enlisted in the Army-Air Corp in 1941 and went on to Officer’s training school. Then they began their world travels. They served 33 years in the USAF before retiring to New Braunfels, TX. They traveled to many bases, sometimes for only 3 months and other times for 2 years, but wherever they went, Lillian made fast friends that she stayed in touch until the very end. She would start her Christmas Cards in October because it took a long time to send everyone a card and letter. And oh, how she loved doing it. Lillian had a rich full life. Wherever she was she made it a wonderful home for her family. She always worked diligently for her Church and as a volunteer at the hospital too. She was a nurse’s aide at Clark A.F. Base in the Philippines during the Vietnam War where she helped with the badly injured soldiers returning to the States. And when she came to New Braunfels she worked in her church, First Baptist, and as a volunteer at Eden Hill. She has made so many good and dear friends here; friends that have made her final years rich with love. To these friends, I say thank you. Madaline is survived by her sister, June Miller of Panama City Beach, Florida, her sister and brother-in-law, Janet Lee and Shannon Hatter of Waynesburg, KY, her sister-in-law Nancy Fortunato of Thurmont, MD. Her children; son R. Wayne Elliot and wife, Wendy Elliott of Grand Junction, CO, son Edward M. Elliott of Austin, TX, and daughter Patricia and son-in-law Jerry M. Duke of New Braunfels; grandchildren Silas and Rachel Elliott of Carbondale, CO, Ben and Chrissy Elliott of Grand Junction, CO, Jerry M. and Cher Duke of Isle of Palms, SC, Walter and Katherine Duke Raczkowski of Beaufort, SC, Elizabeth Jasenak of Wilmington, NC, and Carolyn Tyler of Columbine, SC. Also 13 great-grandchildren soon to be 14! And one great-great-grandson soon to be three great-great-grandchildren! She will also be missed by her 28, make that 56 with spouses, nephews and nieces. And I’ve long lost tract of the numbers of great-nephews and great nieces many of whom call, write and visit. They have all been wonderful these past years. Many of them took time to come see her since she could no longer go visit them. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home.

Services

18 July

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Zoeller Funeral Home

615 Landa St
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

Memories

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Silas, Rachel and Sayer Elliott

July 15, 2019

Grandson Silas’s wedding in Aspen, CO - July 15, 2000.

Silas, Rachel and Sayer Elliott

July 15, 2019

Lillian was such a sweet lady and a loving grandmother and great-grandmother. Never once did she miss sending a card on a birthday or Christmas. Lillian made sure she came to visit us in Colorado for all our big milestones - high school graduations, our wedding and later meeting her great granddaughter. We will always treasure our memories and time spent together. Sharing a photo from an Elliott family visit to Texas.

Wendy Elliott

July 15, 2019

I was SO fortunate to be the daughter-in-law of Madaline Lillian Elliott! I married her oldest son Wayne, 44 years ago.
She had a heart of gold! It was her greatest pleasure to chat and visit with her beloved family. She and I would chat for hours about family history, gardening, cooking recipes, our pets, childhood memories and so much more. We always had something to talk about!
One memory is that in the 1970's, she taught me how to make colorful, delicate porcelain flowers out of tiny balls of white bread! A wonderful hobby. I asked her to show me and she did.
She enjoyed growing flowers and feeding the birds and squirrels in her backyard. She had a natural closeness to God and nature.
She had beautiful handwriting and she really enjoyed sending us notes of love and affection. We treasure those notes and cards.
Her life was so full and she was blessed with 97 years of memories and experiences.
She adored her family and we all meant the world to her and vice versa. Her heart was so big and could barely contain her love.
I am comforted that she is with God and the angels. Her spirit soars, as does my love for her.
Wendy Elliott
Grand Junction, Colorado

June Miller

July 14, 2019

This is the wedding dress my sister made me. Lillian and I shared a lot together

Karen McKeown

July 12, 2019

To Wayne, Patsy, and Ed: I know you will always miss your Mother. She was a remarkable, one of a kind, lady! And so proud of all of you! We were all fortunate to have her as family and to have so many fond memories! God bless you and your families!
Your cousin,
Karen Moore McKeown

June Miller

July 11, 2019

This is a replica of the wedding dress my sister Lillian made for me. She made the doll as an additional wedding gift.
Lillian was a beautiful, talented woman.

STEPHANIE A HALE

July 10, 2019

Lil had a wonderful way of lighting up a room with her joy and laughter. She loved everyone .. and enjoyed life. She provided unconditional love her entire life to her 3 devoted children! She will forever be in our hearts!

Rochelle Brooks

July 10, 2019

Cheryl W

July 7, 2019

Please accept my sincerest condolence and the comfort of the GOD of Tender Mercy. John 11:25

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