Lake McLarty Elliott

Published 9:43 am Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mrs. Lake McLarty Elliott, 105, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Brookdale Living Center in Oxford, Miss. The funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct.12, 2017, at First Baptist Church, Oxford, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home and on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Born in Lafayette Springs, Miss., to the late Walter Eugene and Ada Livingston McLarty, Mrs. Elliott was the retired owner of Elliott Jewelers. She served alongside her husband, Dick, during his 16 years as Mayor of the City of Oxford.  She graciously entertained visiting dignitaries, attended conventions as a representative of the City of Oxford and often spoke at banquets and meetings when her husband’s duties as mayor required him to be elsewhere. She was the oldest living member of First Baptist Church where she had served as a youth Sunday School teacher, Building Committee member, Flower Committee member and on numerous Pastor Search Committees and often opened her home to visiting ministers. In 1935, Mrs. Elliott was chosen to represent Oxford, Miss. as Miss Oxford and was the oldest living recipient of this title until her recent passing. Being a charter member of the Woman’s Forum, she hosted the first meeting in September of 1948 and remained active until her death.

As an Emeritus Member of both the Oxford Garden Club and the Pilot Club of Oxford, Mrs. Elliott opened her home for meetings and gave tours of her beautiful gardens. In the Pilot Club she served in all leadership offices and chaired many committees on the District level. She was the recipient of many service awards, including the Spirit of Service Award in 1988 for Outstanding Community Service sponsored by South Central Bell and Outstanding Service in 1991 for service on the Board of Directors for the Baptist Memorial Hospital. She and her husband, Dick, were honored to be named Oxford’s Citizens of the Year in 1982. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard W. “Dick” Elliott

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Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Elliott Carter and her husband, Gary of Oxford, Miss.; a son, Richard W. “Bill” Elliott, Jr. and his wife, Melanie of Warner Robins, Ga.; four grandchildren, Chris Carter and his wife, Brandi of Oxford, Miss., Tim Carter and his wife, Michelle of Flagstaff, Ariz., Michael Elliott and his wife, Jessica of Warner Robins, Ga. and Paul Elliott and his wife, Kelly of Warner Robins, Ga. and four great-grandchildren, Will and Zach Carter of Oxford, Miss. and Zoey and Mason Elliott of Warner Robins, Ga.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Elliott’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 800 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.

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