Elda Kaufman, at age 99, went to be with the Lord on August 22, 2014 surrounded by family at Newton Medical Center.
She was born September 4, 1914 in Murdock, Kansas, to John J Kaufman and Anna (Ratzlaff) Kaufman.
She was an active long time member of Eden Mennonite Church, near Moundridge, KS.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Kaufman, brothers, Ed(Esther), Jake(Helen), Wilbert(Opal), and Marvin(Elsie) and sisters Bertha, Martha, Hulda(Jonah) and Marie.
She is survived by nieces and nephews and great plus great great nieces and nephews. Delores(Kaufman) Ungles.
Elda grew up in a family of 9 children at the Alta Mills, near Moundridge KS. There her father had a black smith shop along with farming. During her years there she worked on the farm, gardened, worked for various families in the area helping out where ever was needed, and at the local country store. She moved to Newton where she worked at Hurst Food Products. She loved to garden, bake and cook for big family gatherings, go to garage sales, fish, read her bible. During the winter months, Elda and her sisters used to crochet, make baby quilts, pillows and clothes.
Her faith was very important to her and she always enjoyed talking about the Lord and the Bible. Elda was very musically talented, much like all of her sisters. It was common practice for them to play their musical instruments and sing for the family on Sunday afternoons inside or out on their porch.
Elda enjoyed gardening, baking and cooking and maintaining her home until the last week when she was admitted to the hospital. She always cared more about others then herself. She, also, enjoyed walking to the Dollar Store with Irma(niece) and going to Meridian Grocery(or as she called it The Little Store).
She was inspiration to all who met or heard about her.
Funeral services were held on Monday, August 25th at the Eden Mennonite Church in Moundridge, Kansas. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com
She and her three sisters and her dear Mother made me feel a part of the family the first Christmas that Don took me to meet this big family! The spread of food was indescribable! The homemade candies and shelled nuts were so good too. Over the years I watched the love and compassion the girls had as they took care of Grandma and each other. Their sharing and caring ways reached out into the community. What an example of a God-loving woman each one of them set for us younger women. Thank You.