Edna L. Elkins

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On May 31, Edna L. Elkins (84) of Ormond Beach ended her long struggle against rheumatoid arthritis, Addison's disease, and persistent infections. Born May 21st, 1930, in Vienna, Louisiana, she grew up on a farm on the Mississippi delta near Winnsboro, Louisiana. She studied to be a nurse at Louisiana Tech before marrying Henry C. Elkins in Jonesboro, Louisiana, November 18, 1947. The couple made their home in Hampton and then Newport News, Virginia. Henry worked for NASA as a research engineer in the field of automatic guidance systems for air- and spacecraft. Edna was a homemaker and mother. In her forties, she completed her training as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Riverside Hospital in Newport News and took a job in Intensive Care. After Henry retired, the couple moved first to Lake Wales, Florida, and then in 1980 to Ormond Beach to be near their grandchildren. Henry and Edna enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, camping, tennis, and other outdoor activities. Edna also worked as a nurse and then as a realtor with Al Weeks Realty. Edna's great joy was her grandchildren, Rick and Kim. She and Henry took them fishing, camping, and boating. She made prom dresses, knitted sweaters, cheered at tennis matches, taught them to cook, and so much more. Edna was an avid reader, a wonderful seamstress, and an excellent cook. Most of all, she was a deeply devoted wife, constant companion, and best friend to her husband and a loving, patient, and cheerful mother, grandmother, and great-grand-mother. She had a smile and kind word for everyone and never complained despite increasing pain and disability in the last years of her life. We will miss her immeasurably. Edna is survived by her husband of more than 66 years, Henry C. Elkins; daughter and son-in-law Kitty & Dick Garber; grandchildren and spouses Kim & John Keiserman and Rick & Salena Garber; great-grandchildren Kathryn & Susanna Keiserman and Gideon Garber. She is also survived by two sisters, Louise Colvin Hammons of Ruston, Louisiana, and Collette Colvin Eubanks of Winnsboro, Louisiana. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 7, at Lohman's Funeral Home Ormond, 733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-673-1100. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Audubon Florida, 4500 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 205, Miami, FL 33137. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 5, 2014
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