Elsie Mae (Phipps) Carpenter, age 82, of French Creek, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, with her family by her side. She was born in Baltimore, MD on March 6, 1939, a daughter of the late Selvia Lester Phipps, Sr. and Elizabeth Mae (Riffle) Phipps.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one son Carl, one brother Edgar, one sister Louise, and a very special niece Darla Edgell.
She is survived by one daughter Bonnie (Carpenter) Quick, of Hacker Valley; one son Ronnie Carpenter and wife Shirley, of Hacker Valley; one granddaughter Tracy and husband Cliff Sponaugle, of Buckhannon; three grandsons: Eric Lewis, of Buckhannon, Jasper Carpenter and wife Michelle, of Volga, and Evan Carpenter, of Buckhannon; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two sisters: Marian Harris, of Buckhannon, and Ruth and husband Roy Hissam, of Rock Cave; two brothers: Selvia Lester Phipps, Jr. and James Phipps, both of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.
Elsie was an employee of the Upshur County Board of Education for 31 years. She considered every child she prepared a meal for as one of her own children. She loved crocheting, reading Amish books and especially bowling. She was a member of the Center Chapel United Methodist Church and a member of the gospel singing group, the Revivalaires, and enjoyed singing at various churches. She was a breast cancer survivor.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel. The body will lie-in-state at the Center Chapel United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, from 12 to 1 p.m.—the funeral hour, with Rev. Wilma Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in the Center Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Upshur County Relay for Life.
Online condolences may be extended to the Carpenter family at www.heavnerandcutright.com. The Carpenter family entrusted the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.