Sarah Mae Frances Elder

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Sarah Mae Frances Elder, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2023 in Crystal Care Center, Mansfield, Ohio at the age of 99 years. Sarah was born in Turin, Georgia on June 12, 1923 to Wilbur and Katy Johnson. Mother Sarah was a faithful servant for over 60 years at the Apostolic Church of Christ serving actively as Sunday School Secretary, Usher, member of the adult class, and the Christians Womens Missionary Auxiliary. Mother Elder’s gentle and kind spirit is already missed. Her sincere outspoken conversations, her smile and humor will resound as cherished memories. Her love for God and the experiences shared will be a part of her legacy. Sarah leaves to cherish her memories, a son Sylvester Bobby Elder; grandchildren Christopher (Shiela) Elder and Andrea Elder; great grandchildren Rashad Reed Sr., Shantwoinette Smith, Sadarah Scott Elder, Aaron Elder, Janeria Minard and Jordan Elder; 6 great- great- grandchildren; sister in law Helen Johnson; special niece Sarah Brooks; sister in Christ Troy Ray; and grand-dog Fred G. Elder. Sarah is preceded in death by her parents, her husband John Robert, 4 brothers and 5 sisters. The family will receive friends at the home of Christopher Elder, 416 Harmon Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-6 pm. Visitation 10:00 am and funeral service 11:00 am on Thursday April 20, 2023 at the MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE MANSFIELD, 753 McPherson Street Mansfield, Ohio (formerly Williams Funeral Services). Interment at Mansfield Cemetery. To read the complete obituary, order flowers and to offer condolences to The ELDER Family, visit

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  1. Patricia Harris Pride

    My condolences and prayers to the Elder Family.

  2. Charles and Patti (Cash) Ray


  3. Kim Y. Hairston-Dismuke

    She was a very kind woman and pleasant to talk to. Praying for the Family.

  4. Debbie S Jefferson

    Rest in paradise grandma Sarah was a sweet lady

  5. LaVerne & Robert Westerfield

    My condolences to you Bobby on the lost of your Mom. She was a gentle voiced women that I can remember from our years at Apostolic. You are in our prayers.

  6. i’m so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you and your family.She was an amazing woman and i liked her very much She was always so kind to me.

  7. Sincere condolences and prayers to the Elder Family and my dear Soror/Friend, Chelsea Smith. What a blessing it is to surpass 99 years of age. This pre-centenarian has some celebrating to do with the angels and Jesus.

  8. Queen Dulin and Ronald McKinney

    Bobby and family: We just found out about the passing of your loving mother. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you. May our heavenly FATHER wrap his loving arms around you all and give you the strength you will need to get through the days ahead. Your family was truly blessed to have her for 99 years. If you need us, just call and we will be there. You are in our prayers.

  9. Dorothy Campbell

    Praying for you all, Bobby you are in my thoughts and we love mother she was a delight to know and she is at peace now,God knows and he will always take care of you.

  10. Bobby,My Big Brother, Deepest Condolences to You and Your Family!! Mom Elder was Always Super Nice,and a Beautiful Person when we were growing up!! From the Entire Pender Family, Blessings My Brother!

  11. Tom and Lynn Kiley

    Bobby, You have our deepest sympathy. God bless the Elder family.

  12. Geraldine McWilliams

    Bobby I feel your pain but all is well for Aunt Sarah decided to take a long rest we will see her again
    Think of all the wonderful memories you shared she want be for away I love you Cousin

  13. Herb and Loretta Hilliard

    My deepest sympathy to Bobby Elder and the Elder family. Herb and Loretta Hilliard

  14. My condolences to the Elder family. May God bring comfort in your time of need.

  15. Christine Canada English

    Sorry for your family’s loss rip mother Elder…

  16. Condolences Bobby to you and your family. Your mother was one of the pillars at Apostolic Church. She was such a sweet caring and loving woman of God. Praying for you m

  17. Bobby you are in my prayers. Sending condolences to you and your family. Your mom was such a sweet woman of God who was close to my mom, Sis Irene Dockery.

  18. Bobby sending condolences and love to you in this time of loss. Your mom was a Godly woman and she loved the Lord. I remember her beautiful smile and kind manners. Praying for you and the family.

  19. Heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the family.

  20. Bobby I’m so sorry about your sweet momma. God brought your name to me in a dream last week, now I know why. I remember how she’d always honk when she drove past your house and loved watching Wheel of Fortune. She was a bright light in the lives of your family and her memories will continue to shine on. Holding you and your family up in prayer during this difficult time✝️

  21. Michael O Perry

    Thoughts and prayers to the Elder family.

  22. Dist. Eld. Scott E. Logan

    To Bobby and the family of our dear sweet sister and mother in Christ, Sis. Sarah Elder.
    Our prayers are with you in your hour of grief. Sis. Elder was a tremendous asset to her family and her church. She will be greatly missed.

  23. James T. Caldwell

    Bobby, heartfelt sorry for your loss prayers for you and the family.

  24. Carolyn Parker, Jacksonville FL

    Sending prayers of comfort to the Elder Family on the loss of their mother. May her memory be of comfort and peace to you all.

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