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Elsie Leone Lackey Noblitt, 99, Franklin

Elsie Leone Lackey Noblitt, 99, Franklin, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

She was born Feb. 24, 1914, in Brown County, daughter of Oscar Jewitt Lackey and Sarah Manetta Moore, both of Brown County.

She married Karl Wayne Noblitt April 15, 1931. Karl was born May 31, 1910, and passed away Nov. 1, 1993.

Elsie also was preceded in death by a son, Ted Noblitt of Greenwood; brothers, Loren, Dwight and Floyd Lackey; sister, Mildred Henderson; nephew David Lackey; and niece, Marjorie Henderson Pelham.

She is survived by six children, Max (Marcia Lewis) Noblitt of Waynetown, Bill (Roberta Weekly) Noblitt of St. Louis, and Mary K. (the late Leslie Buz) Brown, Carole (Mark) Graham, Pat (the late Tom) Trusty and Jim (Vicki Sloan) Noblitt, all of Franklin; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren with one on the way; six great-great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren. Also surviving are a grandniece, Sherry Lynn Pelham (Mark) Petro of Columbus; nephew, Kenneth Lackey of Granbury, Texas; and numerous grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Elsie and Karl were lifelong farmers in Brown, Bartholomew, Morgan and Johnson counties throughout their 62 years of married life. Elsie (aka Granny) was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and friend to many, old and young, throughout her lifetime.

She was not merely a farm wife/partner but a homemaker extraordinaire, which meant she was a nurse, teacher, seamstress, carpenter, electrician, gardener, cook, nutritionist, veterinarian, conversationalist and anything else that was necessary at any given time.

She was a make-do artist through lean (Depression-era) and good years. They never vacationed or left their children, home or farm work behind. Looking back, she would say there were a lot of hard years, but they were all happy ones. She was never heard to complain or utter discouraging, insulting, derogatory or disrespectful words. Not to say that she didn’t have her own opinions and did express them from time to time. She was just very forgiving by nature and open-minded in all things.

In her declining years, she maintained her independence as long as possible and gracefully gave over (or shared) those tasks that became too arduous to perform adequately by herself. She was always thankful for all things great and small that anyone did for her and was most generous in her praises. She was unfailingly kind and gentle. She was a lady — beautiful inside and out — in heart and soul. She was admired, respected and loved by all who knew her. Her unfailing kindness and guidance will be sorely missed.

The Rev. Allen Whitehurst conducted a service Dec. 14 at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin. Friends called Dec. 13 and 14 before the service at the mortuary. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, 325 Market Plaza, Greenwood, IN 46142.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at swartzmortuary.com.

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  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West