Elaine Jane Cole May 26, 1938 - July 9, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Mrs. Elaine Jane Cole, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and sister, who resided on South St. Joseph Street, South Bend, IN, went home to be with The Lord at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at her residence with her family by her side. Elaine was born May 26, 1938, in Philadelphia, PA, to Harvey and Ruth (Williams) Harrell. She married Jesse Cole Sr. in 1957. She worked 25 years for the Philadelphia Community School System and moved to South Bend, IN, in 1997. She worked for the South Bend Community School Corporation for four years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of Charity Temple COGIC and was very active at the Trinity Towers. Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Cole Sr.; her parents, Harvey and Ruth Harrell; three brothers and a sister. Survivors left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Pamela Cole (Freeman) Johnson, Elaine Cole (Klvin) Bailey and Jacqueline Cole; six sons, Jesse Jr., Kevin (Sheila), Earl, James, Clayton (Crystal) and Clifford Cole; 25 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Ruth Williams, Estelle Williams, Jeanette Williams, Sheila Harrell and Brenda Harrell; one brother, Harvey Harrell Jr.; along with a host aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Alford's Mortuary, with burial following at Highland Cemetery. Viewing will take place from 11:00 a.m. to noon at Alford's Mortuary. Any donations may be made to Center for Hospice in care of Elaine Cole. Arrangements have been entrusted to Alford's Mortuary. www.alfordsmortuaryinc.com
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 13, 2014