Zelma D. (Wicker) Elder died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Malden at the age of 96.
She was born Oct. 6, 1914, in Adamsville, Tenn. to the late James Henry and Effie Nola (McDaniel) Wicker.
In 1932 the family moved to Southest Missouri where she met Fred Elder, and they were united in marriage on Aug. 19, 1940. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1989. Also preceding her in death were four brothers; six sisters, one of whom was her beloved identical twin, Velma Tucker of Dexter; two great-grandchildren, Brett King and Emma Grace Elder.
She is survived by five children, Jerry Elder and wife Pam, Brenda Padgett and husband Willie of Bloomfield, Gerald Elder of Muscatine, Iowa, Judy Mansfield and husband Doug of Pacific, Nancy Fry and husband Bob of Malden. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four brothers, Hershel, Ernest, Vernon and Hayes Wicker.
Mrs. Elder was of the General Baptist faith. She enjoyed many hobbies which she was able to continue well into her nineties.
She loved to travel, dance, quilt, bake pies and most days she walked five miles, often campaigning for conservative candidates who honored her with an invitation which she accepted to the Governor's Ball.
She will long be remembered for her love of children, entertaining them with her ability to play basketball and recite the alphabet backward.
Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, with funeral services at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Bradshaw Funeral Home of Malden.
Rev. James Gore will officiate at the Wednesday service, and burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Malden.