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Elaine Delores Golden, 77 of Walkersville, formerly of Davidsonville, died December 22 at Heritage Harbour Health and Rehabilitation in Annapolis, due to complications from dementia.
Elaine Delores Stach was born on June 3, 1935 in Chicago, IL to the late Joseph and Sophie Stach. She later moved to Springfield, OH where she met and married her first husband, Everette Sanders. Later, Elaine relocated to Edgewater, where she was employed by the Chesapeake Instrument Corporation in Shadyside, which was eventually bought out by Gould, then Lockheed Martin Marietta. Elaine retired from Lockheed Martin Marietta.
She was very active in the Annapolis Elks Lodge #622 located in Edgewater, and became the first woman to head the 1,626 member lodge in its 108 year history. Elaine enjoyed charity work, a mainstay of the Elks Lodge. In 2000 she served as chairwoman of the organization's Charity Ball which raised money for Langton Green, an assisted living home in Annapolis. Ms. Golden also headed the Christmas basket drive for 2001, which raised food for 36 needy families in the Annapolis area. Ms. Golden was especially proud to be on the seven member team during her tenure as exalted ruler that won top honors in presenting from memory the Elks' 87 page initiation book.
Elaine is survived by her spouse of 33 years, Robert A. Golden Sr. of Davidsonville; four children, Catherine Sanders of Edgewater, Caren (David) Whitcher of Edgewater, Pamela (Bill) Imes of Walkersville, and Stanley (Kelly) Sanders of Greensboro, NC; brothers, Gerald A. Stach of Port St. Lucie, FL, Robert Stach of Fresno, CA; sister, Joanne Snyder of Springfield, OH; grandchildren, William Barry Whitcher Jr., of Edgewater, Marilynne Whitcher of Asheville, NC, Daniel Whitcher of Ocean City, Andrew and Laura Tonges of AZ, Tiffany Sanders of Greensboro, NC, Rebecca Sanders of Bethesda, Britney and Brianna Imes of Walkersville, and Robert A. Golden III of Baltimore; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Olivia Whitcher, of Edgewater.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Crofton. A Celebration of Elaine's life will immediately follow beginning at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Edgewater.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy., Annapolis, MD 21401 or the
, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.
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Published in The Capital on Jan. 3, 2013