Elliott, Anne Moore Kittrell (Mrs. Gary)

8/30/2009

July 17, 1949 - Aug. 30, 2009

On September 2, 2009 , friends and family gathered at St. Paul 's United Methodist Church in Monroe at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate the faith, life and witness of Anne Moore Kittrell Elliott. This service was pre-planned by Anne to celebrate God's faithfulness and providential care, a primary theme in her personal faith and life.

John Kittrell, M.D. and his wife Johnny Lou Wells Kittrell, active Methodists in the Nolley Memorial congregation at Jena , gave birth to Anne July 17, 1949 . Baptized June 2, 1951 , Anne grew up in The Methodist Church inspired by the daily example of her parents. In 1959, when Anne was only nine, Dr. Kittrell died unexpectedly on Christmas Eve, shaping not only her childhood experience but also her understanding of faith. Confirmed April 10, 1960 by the Rev. A. G. Taylor, Anne, her sister Madge, and their mother would soon move to Pineville, becoming active members of the First Methodist congregation.

There she would meet Gary Lee Elliott, stationed at England Air Force Base in Alexandria . On June 21, 1968 , Anne and Gary exchanged vows and entered into the covenant of Christian marriage. Eight years later, Gary entered the candidacy program for ordained ministry and began a new chapter in their lives. Anne served as Gary 's partner in ministry, fully participating in the life of the Church until Gary 's physical disability in 1992. Gary underwent heart transplant surgery September 25, 1994 . Anne extended the very best human care during both his hospital stay and continued to care for Gary at their home in Delhi until his death June 15, 1998 .

Anne moved to Monroe in 2006 and in May 2008 placed her membership in St. Paul 's where her daughter, Megan Kay Elliott Wilson and son, Jason Andrew Elliott, as well as grandchildren, Hunter and Hayden Wilson, express their faith. September 2, 2009 , these words from Anne's Bible were read: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

Robert L Burgess, Monroe Superintendent
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2010