WEST LIBERTY - Ida Mae Wells Elam, 102, passed away July 24, 2013 at the home of her daughter Linda Blackburn of Lexington, KY. She spent her last days surrounded by many members of her adoring and loving family. Born in West Liberty, KY on Wells Hill, December 27, 1910 to Will Edith Johnston Wells and Claude Sax Wells. Preceded in death by her parents, husband Noah Elam, two daughters Phyllis Dale Elam Perkins and Nona Elam Shay, three brothers, Kenneth, Arthur and Walter, one sister, Betsy Buff. Survived by two sisters, Louise Fugett and Lorene Wilson, and her children Betty Lou Elam (Bill Bailey), Norman Elam (Betty) and Linda Elam Blackburn (Bill), as well as four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Ida Mae was proud of her 84 years as a member of First Baptist Church of West Liberty. She secretly loved being the oldest mother at church on Mother's Day. She was a member of the Paulina Order of Eastern Star. She was a charter member of the Morgan County Homemakers and the Morgan County Historical Society. At the age of 65, she became an employee at the Kennedy Memorial Library and happily worked for the next 24 years. Through these organizations and activities, she became well known in the community and made many life-long friends. An avid reader from her youth, she especially loved classic literature and poetry. Her prodigious memory and ability to quote poetry was amazing. Stories of her childhood and her knowledge of the history of Morgan County delighted and entertained her family and others. She was well known for her quilts, quilted pillows, corn shuck dolls and other mountain crafts. Her booth was always popular at the Morgan County Sorghum Festival. Visitation will be at Potter's Funeral Home, 329 Glenn Ave, West Liberty, KY at 6pm on July 26, 2013. Funeral Service Saturday, July 27 at 1pm with burial to follow at Elam Family Cemetery.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on July 26, 2013