Ragnhild Elton, 95

Ragnhild Emilia (Peggy) Hanson Elton, 95, of Clifton, formerly of Brady, died Sept. 14, 2007. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Sunset Home in Clifton at 10 a.m. followed by a 2 p.m. service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton. She wished that her body be donated to science; therefore, no funeral service will be conducted. She was born Jan. 22, 1912, in Brady, to Hans John Hanson and Hilda Justine Karlson Hanson. She was the youngest of six children: four girls and two boys. She was baptized Aug. 15, 1912, in the West Sweden Methodist Church in McCulloch County. She was confirmed in the same church March 21, 1926. She was married to Paul Norman Elton July 26, 1958, at the Trinity Methodist Church in Brady. She attended schools in West Sweden and Brady and received her B.A. from Mary Hardin Baylor College in 1938, taught second grade in Melvin, for 17 years; earned her Master’s degree from North Texas University in Denton in 1950 and taught second grade in Friona public schools for eight years. After her marriage she retired from teaching, and became co-owner with her husband of the Clifton Locker Plant which they operated together until they sold the business in 1971. In her lifetime she was an active church member, belonging to the West Sweden Methodist Church, the Melvin Methodist Church, the Friona Methodist Church and at her death, she was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton, having joined there Nov. 23, 1958. She taught Sunday School in all these churches. She is survived by a nephew and six nieces and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including. one niece, Roberta Hanson Hulson, who still spends time each year in Brady where she maintains her family farm. She was preceded in death by a twin sister, Lillie, in 1912; her father in 1957; her mother in 1958; her sister, Ruth Dobbins, in 1987; her husband, Paul Elton, in 1990; her brother, Paul, in 1992; her brother, Harry, in 1997; and her sister, Lydia Gemeinhardt, in 2000. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, the Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home, Goodall-Witcher Hospital Auxiliary or a charity of choice.

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