Private memorial tributes are planned in Oklahoma and Kentucky for Elizabeth Ann (Wright) Elswick.
Born November 11, 1927, in Winchester, Ky., to Albert G. and Florence Abner Wright, she died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Mercy Health Love County hospital in Marietta, Okla.
A 1946 graduate of Winchester High School, she worked in the fashion and clothing industry while in school, assisting her father in his work as a representative for clothing lines, and after graduation in the business office of the Curlee Clothing Company.
Elizabeth and George Edward Elswick were married at the North Main Methodist Church in Winchester on April 15, 1948. Shortly afterward, he accepted a ministerial appointment in the Oklahoma Methodist Conference, and they moved to begin a long ministry in that state, serving rural parishes as well as churches in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. They ultimately retired to live near Thackerville, Okla., an area he served while in active ministry.
During their appointments in Oklahoma, Mrs. Elswick worked in education, serving on the audiovisual resources staff at Central High School in Oklahoma City, as circulation manager for an engineering research publication at the University of Tulsa, and in retirement as a substitute teacher in the Thackerville schools. She also worked in the legal field, as a legal secretary in rural Oklahoma and as bookkeeper for Fenton, Fenton, Smith, Reneau and Moon in Oklahoma City.
A longtime Methodist and gifted musician, she sang, played piano and coordinated special programs in churches for many years, as well as teaching Sunday School classes and serving as church secretary. She was active in the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference organization for retired clergy and spouses.
Mrs. Elswick was a member of the Thackerville United Methodist Church.
Her love of music, reading and writing continued throughout her retirement, as did her love for children, pets and storytelling. Avidly interested in many subjects, with a humorous bent to her writing, she leaves a rich legacy of memoirs.
She enjoyed her role as a minister's wife, and was featured on YouTube as the speaker at a UMC retirees' workshop, where she related tales of her years in churches and parsonages.
Throughout her life, she continued to love visiting her home state of Kentucky and her family there.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. George Edward Elswick, Sr.; her parents, Albert G. and Florence Abner Wright; sister, Betty Lorine Wright; sister and brother-in-law, Delena and Ted Jones; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Betty Ruth Wright, and brother, Kenneth Wright.
She is survived by her daughter and son, Judy and George Elswick, Jr.; her sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Bobby Hollon; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray and Marlene Wright, and Freddie and Sharon Wright; grandson, Charles Elswick; and grandson, Jimmy Elswick and his wife, Samira; and great-grandson, Matthew.
Burial will be at the Bent Ridge Cemetery in Meta, Ky., under the direction of J.W. Call and Son.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Skyline Urban Ministry in Oklahoma City or to the Cross Timbers Hospice chaplains' program.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta.
Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.