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Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8:14 am

Eujetta Cornelia Calanthia Elbert, age 95, of Hannibal, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Willow Care Center in Hannibal.  Funeral services were held at 12  p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the White Rose Baptist Church in Bowling Green with Rev. Marvin Davis officiating.  Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Bowling Green.  Visitation was  held on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.
She was born Aug. 12, 1917 in Bowling Green, the daughter of George and Mayme Burks Frazier.  She married Eugene Elbert in Bowling Green in 1934.  He preceded her in death.
Survivors include son George Shelby Elbert of St. Louis; daughters M. Faye Vaughn of Frankford, Mary Lucy Murphy of New London, Ella L. Ford of Vandalia and Verna Jean Ford and husband Donald of New London; 18 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; 35 great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Chester Eugene Elbert and 11 brothers and sisters.
Cornelia was born and raised in Bowling Green and went to Bowling Green schools.  She was a member of White Rose Baptist Church where was became a member at a very early age and was very active in the church until she became ill and unable to attend.  She enjoyed embroidery work, canning and taking care of her home and her family.  She especially enjoyed family gatherings when her brothers and sisters would come.  She was the last of 12 brothers and sisters.
Serving as pallbearers were Robert Vaughn Jr, George Vaughn, J. Curtis Vaughn, Jamarr Vaughn, Neil Vaughn and George Shelby Elbert, Jr.  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Clark, Donald Ford, Robert Bell, DeVaughn Hawkins, Jairus Bell, Matthew Hawkins, Darryl Murphy, Michael Ford, Jeffrey Elbert and J. Curtis Vaughn II.
Memorials may be made to the White Rose Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left at