Lifelong Augustan Elinor Elliott would have turned 100 in a little more than 100 days.
But the woman who was described as loving and kind by family members died Thursday in her home at the age of 99.
"She was a wonderful Christian lady," said her nephew Herbert Elliott Jr., who is now the manager of Elliott Sons Funeral Home in Augusta, which was started by Ms. Elliott's father, Robert Edward Elliott.
He said his father's sister never married or had children but that she loved the children who were her pupils during decades of teaching at John Milledge Elementary School, where she spent her entire career.
"I've had many people come up to me all the time and tell me how influential she was (as a teacher)," Mr. Elliott said.
He said that, as a teacher, Ms. Elliott was memorable because she started each school day with some type of devotional prayer and would aid her less-fortunate pupils by providing them shoes and clothing that they would have otherwise been unable to afford.
One of Ms. Elliott's nieces, Corinthia Greenway of Martinez, who is also a teacher, said her aunt was a lady in every way and a genuinely loving person.
"She was the type that was always doing unto others," Ms. Greenway said.
Ms. Elliott was born in Augusta as the eighth of 12 children to Robert Edward Elliott and Corinthia Shipp Elliott. She spent her entire life in the Garden City, except during the years she attended LaGrange College and then the University of Georgia.
She was a devoted member of St. John United Methodist Church in Augusta, her niece said. Nearly every Sunday, Ms. Elliott could be found praying in the same seat in the center of the fourth row of the chapel.
She also served as a Sunday school teacher, pianist and choir member at St. John's, Ms. Greenway said.
"There'd always be Sunday School parties at her house, and she'd make favors for everyone," she said. "She was very artistic."
Ms. Elliott is survived by one sibling, her 94-year-old sister, Margaret Evans, who is Ms. Greenway's mother and lives in Martinez. Ms. Elliott also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, who were more like her children, relatives said.
The funeral will be Monday at St. John's. The time has not been set.
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