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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.

  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • April 26
    Wildflower foray slated at historic site
    TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • April 26
    'McFarland, USA' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • April 26
    Morel Festival gospel service at music park
    10 a.m. Bill Monroe Music Park, 5163 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • April 26
    Southern gospel quartet at Gnaw Bone church
    9 a.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • April 26
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • April 27
    BC Alcoholic Beverage Board
    11 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • April 28
    BC Convention & Visitors Bureau
    8:30 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • April 28
    BC Area Plan Commission
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • April 29
    BC Board of Zoning Appeals
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 29
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • April 29
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District Board
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7606 State Road 45, Unionville
  • April 29
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • April 30
    Go Club at the library
    4 to 6 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 1
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 1
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 1
    'Back to the Future' at the Playhouse
    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 2
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Morel Mushroom sale & festival at state park Nature Center
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • May 2
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Festival dance planned
    6 to 10 p.m. The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Parade and food drive downtown
    11 a.m. downtown Nashville
  • May 3
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 3
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 3
    'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 3
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 5
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • May 6
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 7
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 7
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 7
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 8
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 9
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • May 9
    Open house conducted at New Song
    9 to 11 a.m. New Song Mission, 7202 Keith Donaldson Road, Freetown
  • May 11
    BC Election Board
    2 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 13
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 14
    Local Coordinating Council
    8 a.m. Comm. Corrections Office, Suite B, lower level of Veterans Hall, 902 Deer Run Lane,
  • May 16
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • May 16
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • May 16
    Historic site hosts outdoor art contest
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • June 20
    Pollinator Awareness Day at state park Nature Center
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)