Elsie Mahoney

Elsie Gladys Moss Mahoney, 90, of Sweet Valley continued on to her eternal heavenly home on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

Born April 13, 1923, in Benton, she was the daughter of the late Grace and Roland Moss.

Her husband, Wilson Edward Mahoney, passed away in 1988 to be present with the Lord. Together, Wilson and Elsie were parents to Dennis and his wife, Roberta, who passed away in 2007, of Sweet Valley; Daniel, Birmingham, Ala.; Thomas and his wife, Marion, Beaumont; Robert and his wife, Colette, Sweet Valley; Rodney and his wife, June, Sweet Valley; Dianne Elston and her husband, Wayne, Schenectady, N.Y.; Rosanne Womer and her husband, Richard, Tunkhannock; Karen (Becky) Pugh and her husband, Bill, Pinson, Ala.; and Pam Mahoney-Casey and her husband, Chris, Luzerne. In addition, Elsie was a beloved grandmother to 25, great-grandmother to 31, and one great-great-grandchild.

Surviving from her nine brothers and sisters are Harold and his wife, Ellie; David and his wife, Darlene; Richard and his wife, Pat; as well as Marilyn and her husband, Marvin.

Elsie was preceded in death by her brothers, Bob and Ralph Moss, and sisters, Jean Derr and Betty Fritz.

Elsie attended Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, Trucksville, as well as The Living Word Baptist Church, Red Rock. Her strong faith and belief in God saw her through many difficulties throughout her life.

Although Elsie was not able to graduate from high school, she proudly received her GED in her 70th decade.

She was employed for many years by Country Impressions in Sweet Valley in their advertising layout department and volunteered at local radio station WRGN.

Having lived through the Great Depression, Elsie understood the value of hard work and exemplified a determined and indomitable spirit to all that knew her, especially her children.

A skilled and resourceful woman, she excelled in many aspects of farming and raising a family. Her skills included the ability to repair farm equipment, sew beautiful special-occasion and wedding dresses, and harvest organic produce throughout the year to provide for her family. She taught her children to give while making ends meet on very little. Having lived the best life she knew how, she will be dearly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Elsie's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with The Rev. Raymond D. Purdy Jr., of The Living Word Baptist Church and The Rev. Dan Miller, pastor of Back Mountain Harvest Assembly officiating.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Elsie's memory may be made to the Deater Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 255, White Deer, PA 17887, www.deaterfoundation.org.

Online condolences may be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 7, 2013