Elsie Adeline Ison, 96
Elsie Adeline Hackworth Ison, 96, of Pond Creek, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at Crystal Care Center in Portsmouth.
She was the 13th of the 14 children of Mahala Adda Conley Hackworth and James K. Hackworth and was born January 12, 1917, in Floyd county Kentucky. The family moved to Ohio after Elsie was born and to the Pond Creek community on March 8, 1920.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Estill Ison; her parents; all of her siblings, Stella Fairchild, Burnice Hackworth, Beulah Murphy, Edgar Hackworth, Elbert Hackworth, Elizabeth Williams, Sarah Truitt, Laura Hackworth, Ernest Hackworth, Sula Harper, Cecil Hackworth, and two infant brothers Robert and Everett Hackworth; and four stepchildren, Claude Ison, Regina Fischer, Lillian Johnson and Cora Lou Ison.
Elsie was the oldest remaining graduate of McDermott High School in the class of 1933 and had a deep desire to teach children. With that goal in mind, she went on to attend Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Kentucky, in the early 1950s. She learned piano while in college and because of her talent in the kitchen, was appointed official biscuit maker at the school.
During World War II Elsie worked at WACO Manufacturing Company in Troy, Ohio, making airplane parts for the U.S. military war effort. Locally she worked in advertising for Williams Manufacturing Company and the Portsmouth Times until she married long time friend Estill Ison on July 14, 1964. Soon afterward, Elsie and Estill moved to Arizona where they spent more than 20 years.
Elsie was a member of Dry Run Christian Church and became a charter member of Pond Creek Church of Christ. Following her desire to teach, she became a Sunday school teacher, a Vacation Bible School leader and for many years served as pianist at the church as well as teaching young friends and relatives piano. She and her husband were very active in several local churches while living in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.
Elsie was called to the home of her sister Sarah on Dry Run while still in college to help care for a nephew in his teenage years and to help care for a young niece on Pond Creek who contracted polio when it was epidemic, thus ending her college career.
On Elsie's return from Phoenix, she was called upon to care for her sister Beulah until her death and then her sister Sarah until her death.
Elsie's main purpose in life was to lead others to Christ by her loving and giving ways. She showed Christian hospitality to everyone who had contact with her. Elsie was an extraordinary cook and wanted to share that gift with everyone. Even well into her 90's she would prepare food and host family reunions for as many as 120 relatives and friends each September.
In April 2011, Elsie chose to relocate from Pond Creek to Heritage Square Retirement Center in New Boston before recently requiring more extensive care and moving to Crystal Care Nursing Home in Portsmouth.
Elsie passed from this life in the early morning hours of August 13, 2013. She leaves behind sister-in-law, Garnet Hackworth; 16 nieces and nephews, Anna Lou Carter, Vaughn Hackworth, Margaret Ann Imes, Nell Patton, Nevin Williams, Elsie Funk, Sara Hackworth, Marsha Brown, Jeff Hackworth, Jim Harper, Mike Harper, Deborah Harper, Jim Hackworth, Bob Hackworth, Eric Hackworth, Kevin Hackworth and their families including many great-, great-great, and great-great-great-nieces and nephews; stepson, Carl Ison and wife Betty; and stepdaughter-in-law, Mary Lee Ison; as well as many great-, great-great, great-great-great, stepgrandchildren scattered throughout the U.S. and abroad and many friends and neighbors.
All who knew Elsie will remember her as one of the truly great examples of the love of God to each of us and one of the biggest influences in our lives.
A celebration of Elsie's life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2013, at Roger W. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth, with Richard Mayer officiating, and interment in Mershon Cemetery following the service. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Condolences may be sent to www.rogerwdavisfuneralhome.com.