Hilda J. (Fultz) Elder

Born: Sat., Aug. 12, 1922
Died: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019


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Graveside Service

1:00 PM Mon., Nov. 11, 2019
Location: Union Cemetery


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     Hilda J. Elder, 97, formerly of Mifflintown, died Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Locust Grove Retirement Village, Mifflin.

     Born August 12, 1922, in Naginey, she was the daughter of the late Adam Wayne and Mary Elizabeth Wagner Fultz.

     She is survived by four children, Janet L. Houtz (Herman) of Newport, Elizabeth E. Eberhart of Mechanicsburg, David A. Elder (Nancy) of Thompsontown and Timothy J. Elder (Dawn) of Mifflintown, 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

     Also surviving are three sisters, Rebecca Burd , Athalia Specht and Bertha Penepacker and two brothers, Curtis Fultz and Sherman Q. Fultz.

     She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, James Allen Elder, on September 16, 2011, two brothers, Nicholas and George Fultz, and two sisters, Sylvia Cherry and Helen Zimmerman.

     Hilda was a 1941 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, worked at the American Viscose Corporation for 30 plus years and in retirement was co-owner of Elder’s Consignment Shop.

     She worked tirelessly cleaning, baking cookies, making soup for neighbors and friends and entering prize winning cross stitch quilts at local fairs. 

     She had been a long-time member of Arch Rock Methodist Church and was a member of Intercontinental Church of God.

     Special thanks to the staff at Locust Grove Retirement Village and faithful church friend, Keith McKnight.

     A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Union Cemetery, Mifflintown, with Pastor Dan Kerlin officiating. There will be no viewing.

     The family will provide all flowers and requests that donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

     Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, has care of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.

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Vic and Sara Jane Miller
   Posted Wed November 06, 2019
So sorry to hear of Aunt Hilda's passing....Love and prayers to all.Sara and Vic

Matthew Husler
   Posted Fri November 08, 2019
I'm sorry to read of Hilda's passing. I knew her all my life while living at the airport and was at her and Jim's place often as a kid. My prayers to Tim, Ryan, Jason and Erin in their time of loss.

Bob and Wanda
   Posted Fri November 08, 2019
Your mom was a very nice lady and she raised very nice children.

Chuck and Kathy Queitzsch
   Posted Sat November 09, 2019
Janet, Elizabeth, David, Tim and families: We were so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing! We were Jim and Hilda's next door neighbors for 20 years and they were like grandparents to our children, Caitlin and Bryan. They were the best neighbors and dearest couple ever. We have missed them very much. We are so sorry that we are out of state and not able to attend Hilda's service, but our love and prayers are with all of you. God Bless!

Chuck and Kathy Queitzsch, Caitlin and Bryan