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Elaine Porch Childress

November 29, 1933 April 27, 2021
Elaine Porch Childress
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Obituary for Elaine Porch Childress

Elaine Porch Childress, 87, died peacefully at home in Flora surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Flora Cemetery.

Mrs. Childress was born on November 29, 1933, the daughter of the late Leonard and Mattie Porch. Although spending part of her early years in Leland and Flora, her family settled in the Clinton area where she attended the Clinton Public Schools and graduated from Clinton High School in 1951.

On June 13th, 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, Ben Hawkins Childress. Over the next 60 years of marriage, they raised their family in Flora. Most in the Flora community lovingly knew Mrs. Childress as “Granny”. Mrs. Childress cherished her family and was known as a true caretaker. She was dedicated to her family and always put them first. She never missed any event involving her children or grandchildren.

Mrs. Childress was an excellent cook! For decades, she cooked three meals a day and would feed anyone who walked through her door. She especially enjoyed the outdoors. She was always working in her garden and flower beds or fishing. She also loved birdwatching and kept several feeders for her hummingbirds. She loved to travel and had visited almost all 50 States. Her favorite trips were long road trips with her husband to Oregon, annual visits to Branson or Gulf Shores, and up the east coast to Maine.

Mrs. Childress was a faithful and longtime member of the Flora United Methodist Church. She loved Jesus and was a devout Christian. She will be remembered most as a devoted wife, beloved mother, a loving grandmother and great- grandmother, and a cherished friend.

Mrs. Childress is survived by: her devoted children: Leila Malatesta (John); Leslie Childress (Kathie); daughter-in-law, Tammy Childress, all of Flora; her grandchildren Valerie Bailey (Kevin), Katie Robinson (Jeremy), Kane Childress (Kaysie) and Joan Ulmer (Ben); great-grandchildren Nora Kate Robinson, Rosie Robinson, Gray Robinson, Eliza Bailey, Clara Bailey, Hawkins Childress, and Baby Ulmer due this summer. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Ben H. Childress and her son, Ben L. “Benny” Childress.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Elaine and in honor of her great - granddaughter, Evelyn Rose Robinson, to LeBonheur Children's Hospital, 848 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103 or by visiting www.lebonheur.org. Recipient notification information is as follows: Katie Childress Robinson, PO Box 147, Flora, MS 39071. Memorials may also be made to Flora United Methodist Church, PO Box 289, Flora, MS 39071, designated for Technology Upgrades/Video Equipment.

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Previous Events

Graveside

Saturday

1

May

1:00 PM 5/1/2021 1:00:00 PM
Flora Cemetery

291 1st Street
Flora, MS 39071

Flora Cemetery
291 1st Street Flora 39071 MS
United States

Memorial Contribution

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

848 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Elaine and in honor of her great - granddaughter, Evelyn Rose Robinson, to LeBonheur Children's Hospital, 848 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103 or by visiting www.lebonheur.org. Recipient notification information is as follows: Katie Childress Robinson, PO Box 147, Flora, MS 39071

First United Methodist Church

142 Carter Street
Flora, MS 39071
Memorials may also be made to Flora United Methodist Church, PO Box 289, Flora, MS 39071, designated for Technology Upgrades/Video Equipment.
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