Maddock, Elsie: Well done Elsie Mad-dock, thou good and faithful servant! A life-long friend of the family of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, New Liskeard, Ont, passed away at the Temiskaming Lodge in Haileybury, Ont., on Wed., Oct. 19, 2011 at the age of 104.
Elsie became an elder at St. Andrew's at the age of 74 and was the first female elder in Northern Ontario. She actively served as an elder until 1996 when she became an elder emeritus. Some will remember her singing in the church choir for many years and serving as its president, directing the junior choir, teaching a Sunday school class, participating in fundraising projects with the women's group, the Canadian Bible Society and a host of other church-related activities too numerous to mention here. She was famous for her smile, warmth and welcoming nature and received the nickname "kissing elder." Whether you were a visitor, stranger or friend, if you had crossed paths with this dear lady you were the recipient of a kiss or a hug. But above all else she is admired for her deep love for the Lord and the scriptures, and her commitment to prayer.
The words of the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 capture Elsie's dedication to God, her love for her family and others and those she served alongside and was close to: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."
A celebration of her life and eternal life was held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, New Liskeard, Ont, on Oct. 24, 2011.
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