May Living Legend
Mary Elliott was born in Kentucky but grew up in Tennessee. At one time, her family lived in a house in the middle of the two states – one side was in Tennessee and the other in Kentucky. Mary’s father was a coal miner but left the mines and moved to Cleveland, TN, where he worked for a furniture business as a craftsman. His work involved constructing ornate designs for furniture, including the claw foot design for Duncan Phyfe tables.
Mary was one of seven children, five brothers and one sister. After graduating from high school, she went to work in her brother’s grocery business.
Mary met her future husband, Ralph Elliott, in 1942 when she traveled to California to help her sister whose husband was being shipped overseas. Ralph, her brother-in-law’s cousin, was visiting from Texas, and Mary and Ralph began a relationship.
Mary and Ralph continued their relationship through four years of letter writing. When the war ended in 1946, Ralph was discharged and headed straight to Tennessee where he and Mary were married. Mary received more love when her father baked her wedding cake.
Mary and Ralph moved to San Antonio where Ralph worked for the railroad while attending Trinity University. Mary worked for Handy Andy, making donuts.
The Elliotts became a family of educators. Ralph graduated with a degree in education and taught physics in the San Antonio Independent School District. Mary attended Southwest Texas State in San Marcos on Saturdays and
earned her teaching credentials. Their two children, Mary Kay (nicknamed Micky) and Russell were in college at the same time as their mother. Mary taught art at East Central for 30 years. Micky taught art and mathematics to elementary students, and Russell taught earth science and biology to high school students. Mary has two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sadly, Ralph died at the young age of 46.
Sewing and cooking were favorites for Mary, and she sewed many of Micky’s clothes as she was growing up. She and Micky joined Trinity together in 1982. Her travels include a cruise to Alaska and accompanying Micky and Wayne to square dance conventions in Oregon, California and Florida. Mary says she was married to a wonderful man and treasures her caring children. The 23rd Psalm is her favorite.
Just before dawn on April 12, 2015, Mary Elliott joined her husband in heaven.