On July 3, 2023, Marie Elder arrived at her heavenly home at the age of 89. Marie was born to the late Tillman Oliver and Luna Fox Oliver on February 17, 1934, in Alexander County, N.C.

Marie worked in retail most of her life, working many years at Woolworth and retiring from Walmart. She was a faithful servant of the Lord and a faithful member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Statesville.

Marie loved like Jesus, loving unconditionally, always looking for the best in everyone. She encouraged others to never give up and always do your best. She loved Elvis and was famous for her red velvet and chocolate pound cakes. She was one of a kind, a woman to fight strong until the very end. Marie’s final days were filled with family surrounding her with love, singing, guitar playing, and prayers. Marie was the heart of the family and will be deeply missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Elder; a brother, Ned Oliver; and a sister, Irene Oliver Church.

Marie’s family members left to honor her life and cherish the memories they had with her are her children, James Elder, Terrie (Rusty) Benfield, and Kay Christie; her grandchildren, Amy (Tim) McCammon, Frankie (Samantha) Christie, Jennifer Benfield, Christopher (Aleesha) Elder, April Christie, Casey (Malinda) Elder, Crystal Miller, and Savannah (Bradley) Hinson; her great grandchildren, Timmy McCammon, Kaleigh Benfield, Alyssa McCammon, Adan Warner, Travis McCammon, Chandler Benfield, Tanner Elder, Dalton Christie, Braylen Christie, Gavin Christie, Adan Warner, Isaac Miller, Baylee Miller, Sophia Hinson, Autumn Hinson, and soon to arrive baby Ruby Elder.

A special thank you to her dedicated physician, Judy Keighron.

To honor Marie’s memory, there will be a Celebration of Life at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2023, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Statesville with Pastor Keith Nichols and Rev. Gervase Hitch officiating. We ask attendees to wear bright colors for Marie.

Visitation will be prior to service at the church at 11:30 a.m. with burial to follow the service at 3 p.m. at Iredell Memorial Gardens. All are welcome.

Memorials can be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 109 Bethesda Road, Statesville, NC 28677 and/or Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville NC 28625

We ask that you continue to pray for our family during this time but continue to rejoice with us in the fact that Marie is healed in the arms of Jesus.

Nicholson Funeral Home, Statesville is serving the Elder family.

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