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Estha Washam Elder

SPARTANBURG -- Estha Washam Elder, age 80, of 120 Brian Drive, wife of 60 years of Russell B. Elder Jr., passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.

Born in Cornelius, N.C. on March 2, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Frank L. and Rena Hager Washam. Mrs. Elder was the valedictorian of her high school class and attended Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. She was in the banking profession, was a legal secretary for a local attorney and was employed with Gallagher Medical Research Services. In Charlotte, Mrs. Elder was a longtime member and on the staff at Covenant Presbyterian Church, established a reading clinic and also volunteered for Crisis Assistance Ministries. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, where she served for three years as an Elder including one year as Clerk of Session and was very involved with the Church Circle. Mrs. Elder was a member of the Newcomers Club, the Greenblades Garden Club and Women in Discipleship at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church and volunteered with Meals On Wheels. She was a kind and loving mother, wife and grandmother who loved people, her church, her family and was a great cook.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Elder is survived by three sons, Russell Britton Elder III of Spartanburg, Frank Stanhope Elder and wife, Elizabeth Y. of Cary, N.C. and John Sherrill Elder and wife, Amanda M. of North Charleston; three grandchildren, David Elder, Brian Elder and Jonathan Elder; a sister, Frankie Washam Lee and husband, Bill M. of Charlotte; a nephew, William McConnell Lee; and two nieces, Melody Lee Smith and Beverly Lee.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Reverend Doctor Paul Petersen and the Reverend Doctor Trey Kuhne. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 309 Fernwood Drive, Spartanburg, S.C. 29307.

The family is at the residence.

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