Venita Goldie Redman Elder
COLUMBIA — Venita Goldie Redman Elder of Columbia enjoyed gardening, cooking, camping, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren and friends.
Mrs. Elder died Saturday, April 16, 2011, at her daughter's home. She was 84.
She was born June 17, 1926, in Boone County to Charles Augustus and Myrtie Belle Smith Redman. On December 17, 1945, she married Raymond Ardell Elder.
Her husband was in the Army for 20 years, and the couple lived in Texas and Germany. They later moved to California, Mo., and then returned to Columbia in 1998.
When the couple lived in Texas, Mrs. Elder joined the Baptist church. In Columbia, Mrs. Elder volunteered with the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Elder is survived by her son, Richard Elder and wife, Sharon, of California, Mo.; two daughters, Nancy Bishop and husband, Mick, of New Franklin, and Janis McCray and husband, Ron, of Columbia; two sisters, Vi Purdy and husband, Don, and Joy Henry; two brothers-in-law, Bob Elder and Jerry Elder; 10 grandchildren, Jackie and Blake Koetting, Joni and Jason Bieri, Wayne and Michelle Bishop, Jacob and Renee Houg, Kevin and Kelly Bishop, Jaimie and Kyle Hentges, Randi Hancock, Kim and Lance Griffin, Amanda and James Carroll and Tony McCray; 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Raymond Ardell Elder, died earlier. A great-grandson; three brothers and two sisters also died earlier.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. The Rev. Dennis Swearngin will conduct services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Memorials may besent to the Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd., Ste. 38, P.O. Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203, or to the American Heart Association, 104 Corporate Lake Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.
Condolences may be posted online at parkerfuneralservice.com.