Elise Mae Shoucair (Shellman) Pinkard (1932 - 2018)

Obituary
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SHELLMAN PINKARD SHOUCAIR, ELISE MAE March 21, 1932August 25, 2018 Elise was born in Phenix City, Alabama to George Henry & Eva Lee Shellman (Lovich) on Monday, March 21, 1932. Not able to raise her, Palmer Rosco and Ollie Pinkard adopted her when Elise was only 2 years of age. The Pinkard's raised Elise in Miami, Florida from childhood up through adulthood. She attended Miami Edison High School where she was active in the Glee club. Years later, whenever they had a class reunion she would get together with her former classmates also known as the "Over the Hill Gang." In 1949 at the age of 17, she and her mother happened upon a dress shop where she met William Said Shoucair who owned the store. It was love at first sight for the both of them! That same year on November 12th they were married. They traveled the United States and then settled in Miami, Florida where they raised five girls and one boy. During the 52 years of marriage, Elise continued her love of education. By the age of 66, she had received her Associates in Arts and an Associates in Science in Child Development and Education. For ten years, Elise was a teacher who tutored and took notes for students who were deaf to help them succeed. She was also a Nurse's Aide for 30 years. Her interests and hobbies lied in all that encompassed the fine arts, aviation, teaching, sewing, reading, writing, walking, and visiting those in nursing homes. She gave back to the community with her unconditional love for mankind and also for the love of helping cats and dogs who were less fortunate. She would insure the neighborhood strays and feral cats were taken care of by feeding, catching, vetting, altering, and then releasing them. With the stray dogs, she would do her best to keep them off of the street. She would find homes for them or take them to a shelter. At 82 years of age, she obeyed the Gospel by being immersed into Christ for the remission of her sins and was added to the New Testament church. (Acts 2:38-44). She faithfully attended the Hialeah Church of Christ and through her faith had brought a couple of people with her! Her memorable moments are church outings, being blessed with six children and being married to the same man for 52 years! She was quoted as describing herself in one word, "Patient." Her children will always remember her as beautiful, loving, forgiving, selfless, encouraging, understanding, nurturing, supportive and most of all, "Patient!" During the last week of her life, all of her children were able to spend some precious moments with her by showing and speaking words of love. On Friday evening of August 24th, they hugged and kissed her good-bye expecting to visit with her again the next morning. To no avail, at 9:15 a.m. (EST) on August 25th, God had sent His angels to carry their mom to Paradise into the arms of Jesus (Luke 16:22). Survived by her children, Karen Elaine Shoucair-Pfau-McGray (Paul), Carla Margaret Shoucair-Wright (Tom), Stephen Neil Shoucair, Mary Elizabeth Shoucair, and Tracey Rose Shoucair-Montalvo (Jose'). Grandchildren in order of birth are Roger Ronald Pfau (Christine), Jonathan Lee Eubanks, Charles William and Bianca Elise DeRives, Josette Ariana and Jenesis Andrea Montalvo. Elise's great grandchildren include Tanner David and Mallory Jane Pfau. Preceded in death, Elise's husband, William Said Shoucair passed on March 28, 2002 and her daughter, Veronica Anne Shoucair passed on March 6, 2016. Memorial for Elise M Shoucair will be held on Saturday, September 22nd at 2:30, Suncoast Church of Christ, 5661 Hypoluxo Rd., Lake Worth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Memory of Elise Shoucair to The Humane Society of Greater Miami, 16101 W. Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, Fl 33160 or online www.humanesocietymiami.org Poem written by Elise Shoucair about her two favorite cats Cloud She follows me around the house As quietly as a mouse. She jumps on top of the kitchen cabinet to see all there is to see and she does impress me When at the window she sit. Honey Dew He is the last to eat He looks carefully to see If the others are finished And when they are he gets very fast to his feet.
Published in the Miami Herald on Sept. 15, 2018