Vivienne Elby

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HARRISBURG Vivienne Potter Elby, 88, peacefully transitioned into eternal life on Saturday, February 9, 2013, in the peace and love of her home with her family at her bedside. She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of the late Daniel and Fannie (Carter) Potter. Vivienne was a graduate of the former William Penn Senior High School, received her honorary Doctorate Degree in May of 2001 from Lock Haven University in recognition of her recruitment of students of color and her community involvement and the Vivienne Potter Elby Scholarship was established. She retired from the Commonwealth of PA, Dept. of Public Welfare and the Milton Hershey School. Vivienne was a member of Bethel Village A.M.E. Church for over 75 years and served with its Missionary Society. Vivienne's home was a safe haven, where she would nourish and inspire youth in the community. In her leisure, she was an avid reader, enjoyed watching westerns, was a big sports fan, particularly of the former John Harris Pioneers and was President of the Huddle Club. She was the widow of Melvin Elby, Sr. and in addition to him and her parents was preceded in transitioning into eternal life by her daughter, Marva Elby and her son, Melvin Elby, Jr., and she leaves to celebrate her life, her daughter, Vivienne D. Bowers of Harrisburg; her sons, Daniel Potter Elby of York and Michael D. Elby of Middletown; her sisters, Jean Ford, Clara White, Eunice Hurst and Nancy Flynn, all of Harrisburg; her 12 grandchildren; four whom she reared, Audra Crenshaw of York, Toneice Hart of Randallstown, Md., Anthony and Michele Elby, both of Harrisburg; her 20 great-grands and five great-great-grands; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Vivienne's life will be celebrated on Friday, February 15 at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary of her Church, 1721 N. 5th St., with viewing 9 until 11 a.m. Burial will be in William Howard Day Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Vivienne Potter Elby Scholarship Fund at Lock Haven University, 401 N. Fairview St., Lock Haven, PA 17745. Arrangements entrusted to the Ministry of Comfort of Major H. Winfield Funeral Home, Steelton.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 13, 2013