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Elda I. Buxton, 99, died on October 26, 2022. She was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Jay A. Buxton, several years ago. Elda is survived by her sister, Elma Black, her two children, Priscilla Greene and Jennifer Geisler, and her three stepchil... Read More
Elda I. Buxton, 99, died on October 26, 2022. She was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Jay A. Buxton, several years ago. Elda is survived by her sister, Elma Black, her two children, Priscilla Greene and Jennifer Geisler, and her three stepchildren, John “Tex” Buxton, Rebecca Buxton, and Cynthia Buxton. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kate Geisler, Miya Buxton, Lisa Leonard Jackson, Douglas Leonard, Matt O’Bryant, and six great-grandchildren.
Elda was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the daughter of Nellie Barkley Iverson and Sherman Arthur Iverson. Raised on a dairy farm with her five sisters and one brother, Elda remained close to her family throughout her life, although they lived in different parts of the country.
Elda was educated in the public schools of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and attended Augustana College. She received her B.A. degree from Trenton State University in New Jersey. Elda was a role model for determination, attending classes in three different colleges to achieve her degree, starting over two times as a result of moves to different states during her adult life.
Elda started her career as an elementary school teacher. After several years, she became a school librarian in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and in North Carolina, instilling a love of reading in countless children. She loved being a school librarian and often described it as the best job in the world. Elda was active in the Methodist church throughout her life.
She lived at the McLean Long Term Care for the last 10 years of her life, receiving unparalleled professional, kind, caring support from the staff.
Elda was known as a loyal and caring friend, a gifted seamstress, quilter, and knitter, a prolific reader, and as a champion of reading for children. One of her favorite projects was a program to bring noted children’s authors to speak at her North Carolina school system.
If you are interested in making a memorial gift in Elda’s name, please consider sending it to Read to Grow (53 School Ground Rd., Branford, CT. 06405.) This marvelous organization annually provides more than 180,000 children’s books and services. Over the 20 years of its existence, the organization has given more than 1.8 million books to families with children. Please mention that it is a memorial gift for Elda.
There will be a private memorial service in Connecticut. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com
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