Katherine graduated from Glenn High School and later Wabash Business College, Terre Haute. She married Paul Elder, and together they owned and operated Elder Grocery Store and post office in Staunton for 38 years.
She was a member of the Staunton Christian Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher. Katherine also served as the historian for the church and the town of Staunton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, in 1989 and a grandson, Tony Kirchner, in 1990.
She is survived by two daughters: Beverly Hill (Larry), Noblesville, and Charlotte Weaver (Gene) Florence, Ky.; a son John Elder (Linda), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; eight grandchildren, numerous great and great-great grandchildren, as well as many extended family members.
Services will be at French Funeral Home, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at 2 p.m., with Brother Doug Parkey and her son-in-law Gene Weaver officiating.
Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home, Saturday from noon until time of services.
Donations in her memory may be made to Staunton Christian Church, Staunton, Ind. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.