"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
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Elaine Morgan Caldwell, 90, removed her great spirit to another realm at 10:05 PM, Saturday, May 3. Now joined with those in the caravan that traveled to a higher place ahead of her. Her death arms us for road we all will trod, for a life well lived remains an inspiration to those left to face eternity.
Elaine was born in Screven Georgia July 24, 1923. Her grandparents were Walter and Fannie Gaskins Harper. Her parents, Dewey Morgan and Edith Harper Morgan taught her the value of education and self-reliance.
Although residing in Richmond, Virginia at the time of her death, she lived most of her adult life in Fernandina Beach, Florida and Kingsland, Georgia.
She married Ray Caldwell, longtime Publisher of the Fernandina Beach News Leader, Reporter Lake City founder of the Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival, who avowed Elaine was the best part of his life.
Elaine is well remembered as the owner of the Children's Shop on Atlantic Avenue; real estate developer; treasurer of First Memorial United Methodist Church and friend to many, loved by all. Always gracious, well groomed, sophisticated, a reader of books, studier of humans and their nature and a devoted Christian in thought and response.
Elaine Morgan Caldwell is survived by a daughter, Mary Elaine Anderson of Kapau, Hawaii; grandchildren Amelia Joy Anderson of Los Angeles, California; Kelly Paige Ellis of Kapau, Hawaii; Kevin C. Anderson of Richmond, Virginia, caregiver for 11 years; and his parents Carl W. and Barbara A. Anderson of Fernandina Beach, Florida; Stepson Don L. Caldwell of Lake City, Florida; Stepdaughter Candy Dawson of Orlando, Florida; Step grandchildren Clay Lee Caldwell of Sarasota, Florida; Chris Dawson of Orlando, Florida and Aimee Dawson of Indianapolis, Indiana.
She is also survived by a great granddaughter, Skyla Ocean Phuong and step great grandchildren Holden Caldwell and Cole Caldwell.
Plus, a host of friends too numerous to name and the always practical Elaine would not let us try for fear of leaving someone out.
Elaine reminds us of this adage: An old saint, being asked whether it is easy or hard to love God, replied, "It is easy to those who do it."
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be given to Memorial United Methodist Church or The Humane Society.
Memorial services will be conducted by Reverend Jim Tippins at the Memorial United Methodist Church, Fernandina Beach, at 12 noon on Saturday, May 10. There will be no collection plate passed.
Published in Lake City Reporter on May 9, 2014