Anne Elder, civic volunteer in Philadelphia and Abington

Anne F. Elder
Anne F. Elder
Posted: July 25, 2014

Anne Feild Elder, 92, formerly of Jenkintown, a civic volunteer for a half-century, died Sunday, July 13, of dementia at Rydal Park, a retirement community where she had lived since 2001.

Mrs. Elder was born in Enid, Okla., a descendant of pioneers. Her grandfather Richard Feild was part of the famous "land run" - the rush by settlers to claim stakes on land once owned by the Cherokees south of the Oklahoma-Kansas border.

Mrs. Elder graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma. She married in 1944 and moved east to Jenkintown, where she lived for many years.

Though a busy wife, mother, and homemaker, she found time to volunteer in her community. She served on the Women's Board of Abington Memorial Hospital for 55 years, and chaired the hospital's June Fete fund-raiser in 1964 and 1968.

Mrs. Elder served on the board of trustees of the University of the Arts; was on the board of the International House of Philadelphia; was a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia; and volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

She was a longtime member of Abington Presbyterian Church.

Smart and fun to be with, Mrs. Elder had enthusiasm for everything she did. She had many friends.

"She loved her adopted city of Philadelphia and everything it had to offer," her family said in a tribute. "No one visited from out of town without a tour of the city."

She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Robert M. The two became interested in Kenya and its animals. As a result, the Elders were named to the board of directors of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife in Nairobi. The group worked to save the endangered Rothschild's giraffe and the black rhinoceros.

Mrs. Elder's husband died in 2003. They had been married for 59 years.

Surviving are a daughter, Martha Carpenter; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two other daughters, Laurie Atchley and Mary Carter, died earlier.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, in the auditorium of Rydal Park Retirement Community, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown. Interment was private.

Contributions may be sent to the Women's Board of Abington Memorial Hospital, 1200 Old York Rd., Abington, Pa. 19001, or to Handy Training Centers Inc., 5021 Wakefield St., Philadelphia 19144.


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