September 2, 2014

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Elsie Townsend Hart, 81

Elsie Townsend Hart, 81, of Falmouth, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at the Robertson County Health Care Facility in Mt. Olivet.

She was born on July 20, 1932, in Berry, to the late Dalbert and Ruby Bush Townsend. She married Earl Vaughn Hart on November 26, 1953, and after 51 years of marriage, her dear husband preceded her in death on February 8, 2005. Throughout her life, Elsie bloomed wherever she was planted. A Harrison County native, she was a 1950  graduate of Berry High School and was raised in the Berry Christian Church. Early in their marriage, Earl and Elsie lived in Latonia, where she was a bank teller for Central Trust Banking Company in Cincinnati and a member of the Latonia Christian Church. Upon returning to Pendleton County, Elsie worked as a clerk for the former Sears and Roebuck Catalog Store, a teller with the former Pendleton Federal Savings & Loan, and most recently, as a clerk with Houchen’s Clothing Store all in Falmouth. She was a member of the Falmouth Christian Church, where she served as deaconness, treasurer, and a  Sunday school teacher. Before her illness, Elsie also participated in Vacation Bible School, helped with bereavement dinners at her church, and volunteered with Kincaid Regional Theatre.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband and parents, were brothers, Arlyn and Harold Townsend and twin brothers in infancy.

Surviving are daughter, Karen Hart Delaney; son-in-law, John Delaney; brother, Donald (Marie) Townsend, Winchester; sisters-in-law, Wanda Townsend and Wilma Hart, both of Covington and Wilma Faye (Jim) Hoffman, Jonesville; granddaughters, Elizabeth Delaney and Jennifer Delaney Hartzel; grandson-in-law, Steven Tyler Hartzel; great-grandson, Steven Lane Hartzel; and a host of extended family and friends.

The funeral services were held Thursday, December 26, 2013, at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth, with Bro. Rick Halcomb and Bro. Clay Sullivan officiating.

Serving as pallbearers were Bill Hart, Kevin Higgins, Richard Broaddus, Daryl Black, Buddy Roe, Dave Fancher, Larry Winkle, and Ed Delaney and honorary pallbearers were J.W. McKinney, Donald Townsend, Pete Steele, Ben Browning, Carol Houchen, and Kenneth Butcher. A personal reflection was presented by Elizabeth Delaney. Special music was shared by Tyler and Jennifer Hartzel, Adarin Williams, Martha Lynn and Darryl Ammerman.

Interment took place at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Pendleton County.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Falmouth Christian Church, 303 W. Shelby Street, Falmouth, KY 41040 or the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 9810 Highway 159, Butler, KY 41006.

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