When the family gets together, we try to have a photograph taken of all the Elliott siblings. Our parents were Edward O. Elliott Sr. and Frances Willauer Elliott. I remember each Christmas when the family would form an assembly line to send Christmas cards to family, friends and business associates. As I remember, I usually got stuck licking the 500 envelopes and then had to sit on them to make sure they were sealed. I remember my Uncle Clarence pulling a sleigh with a horse around the farm in the snow. Christmas is a wonderful time to remember the past and create new traditions. May your families be blessed this season and enjoy remembering the good times together.
In 2009 many wonderful things happened and some sad things also. My Aunt Nancy Patton passed away this year after living a fabulous life. She left behind my four crazy cousins, Jim, Patti, Judy and Steve. The Elliott's and Patton's recently gathered together in Ohio for her memorial service. It wasn't sad, because the whole family was reunited, everyone remembered what a caring person she was and the great life she lived. Family was the most important thing to her. Her legacy lives on in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephew. The one thing she will be remembered for is, A Family that Plays Together, Stays Together. They didn't have to say it, they lived it daily. That was the thread that held the family together as they laughed and enjoyed each other throughout the years. This image is special because it was photographed on the swingset at the family farm in Ohio, where we played as children for many hours.