Fay was born to Arlie and Esther (Loudermilk) Willis on April 8, 1911, in Middlebury, Ind., in a one-room house that stood until recently. She attended several one-room schools in the Clay County area before graduating from Ashboro High School in 1931. The township did not provide transportation to anyone over 16, so Fay drove a Model T Ford, hauling teachers and other students. She had many stories to tell about the perils of driving a Model T Ford, especially in the winter.
Fay graduated from Central Beauty College in Terre Haute and had a career in Terre Haute for many years before marrying Phil Elkin in 1943. Fay and Phil lived their lives on the Elkin farm in the Clay County Community, where they farmed and were steadfast members of the Mt. Calvary Methodist Church. Fay, as she wished, was able to live independently in her home until after her 97th birthday. Fay was a strong role model for the women in her family in her independence, tenacity, strong will and love for her home.
Fay was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Phil in 1979, and, in recent years, her two beloved sisters, Irene Dierdorff and Roberla Stearley.
She is survived by daughters Sara Sprouse, Philadelphia, Donna Sprouse (Randy), Denver, grandchildren Stephen (Kristin), Kansas City, Stacey Schooey, Denver, Jeff Sprouse, Leadville, Colo., Megan Kelly (Bill), Trappe, Pa., and Tiffany Ulatowski (Joe), Denver. She is survived by three great-grandchildren, Kayleigh and Bradley Schooley and Eliza Sprouse. She is also survived by nephews Larry and Mark Dierdorff, Brazil, Mike Keller, Stevens Point, Wis., and cousin Deneta Campbell, Brazil.
Services for Mrs. Elkin will be at French Funeral Home, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Van Cleve Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home, Friday, from 4-8 p.m., and again Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. until time of services on Saturday.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.