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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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