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Clara Maxine Elston
Clara Maxine Elston was born in Balko, Oklahoma on October 16, 1933 to George Fulton and Patsy (Gentry) Love. She has been a lifetime resident of Beaver County, Oklahoma. She was a member of the Christian Church. She was a retired Beaver County Assessor. She married Jack Elston on May 14, 1952 and he and a son preceded her in death.
Maxine passed on August 18, 2017 at her residence on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the age of 83.
She is survived by her sons, Kris Elston of Beaver, Oklahoma and Eric Elston of Forgan, Oklahoma; her daughter, Jaxine Hardin of Forgan, Oklahoma; two brothers, Buddy Love of Satanta, Kansas and Frank Love, of Gove, Kansas; her sister, Peggy Boyd of Dumas, Texas; 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Peggy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have recently moved from Beaver to Stillwater, Oklahoma with family. That was an adventure at 76 years of age but my daughter, granddaughter and her husband with friends did most of the work as I had been very ill. However, my daughter and her husband followed me in moving in two weeks. I am spoiling the great grandson who is Lacey's and will be 7 in January; looking forward to great granddaughter who belongs to Chris, is due between September 1 - 20. I am in a senior community of 60 apartments and am loving it. Sorry I won't be able to see you but know my thoughts and prayers are there. To the rest of the family, God bless you.
Read John 14:15 - 21
Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before-long, the world will not see me anymore but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that-day you will realize I am in my-Father, I am in you and you are in me. John 14:18 - 20 New-International version
Even-though I was an adult when my parents died, I felt a keen-sense
of what it was like to be an orphan. Gone were the two-people who had nurtured me and shaped my life. Sharp-grief gave way to bewilderment, "Who am I now; who knows me deeply yet loves me anyway? The gospel of John recounts Jesus telling His-disciples although the time is coming they would see Him no-more but He would always be a part of them just-as they would forever be a part of Him.
So it has been with my parents. I see now even-after their-deaths, their
example of loving-kindness continues to teach me and guide my-life. That goes deeper than just warm-memories. My parents are in me at a deep-level, deeper than the mind can comprehend and as-deep as the heart. Surely God was their-heart's teacher.
In the same-way I come to know God through the life
and love of Jesus. Nurturing that-relationship through prayer, study, giving and serving keeps me forever-connected to the living-God.
Gracious-God, let who we are reflect who You are in all we do. Amen
Because of God's great-love for us, we are never-orphaned.
Jackie R. Sheldon Aug 21 2017 12:00 AM
Love and prayers to all family
James Elston Aug 19 2017 12:00 AM