Our Departed: Danna Elliott

On May 4, 2018, Danna Elaine (Brashier) Elliott went home to be with the Lord after a long illness. Her passing came after a lifetime of service to the communities in which she lived, to the family she built with her husband, Herb, and to the church family.
Said Christian News Editor, Paul McQuien, “Danna Elliott will be remembered fondly and missed by many individuals who benefited from her Christian influence.”
Born to farmers Clifton and Ellen Brashier, the Dallas County native skipped two grade levels and graduated at the age of sixteen from Garland High. Her piano playing in the East Texas State College (now Texas A&M University–Commerce) student union building caught the attention of Herb Elliott. They married in 1954 and raised four children
Danna’s work involved serving as PTA president and being such an outstanding leader that the Girl Scouts awarded her their “Thanks Badge.” A Cub Scout den mother, she also founded the Valley Hi Girls Softball League.
She also took leadership roles for a community newspaper, a Kwik Kopy franchise, a genealogical society, and a neighborhood association.
Other aspects of service include work as the church secretary at Lackland Terrace where she and Herb were charter members. She also taught Bible class for the ladies and children.
According to Allen Shields of the Southwest congregation, Danna also served on the Christian News of South Texas Board during its early years. Business Manager Presley Orsburn credits her with playing “a major role in the paper’s founding and early development.”
She became directly involved with the Christian News again in 2005. She contributed news articles regularly and wrote a column that looked back and recounted events from first 25, then 30 years ago. Serving terms on the paper’s board of directors as a member, vice-president and then president, she resigned at the end of 2009 when the battle against cancer began to demand more of her time and attention.
Survivors include her husband, Herb, daughter Ellen Elaine Bartee and her husband, Russ, of Ft. Worth; daughter Jane Ann Baucum and her husband, Doug, of Granbury; son, John Herbert Elliott and his wife, Janice, of Burleson; daughter, Patti Gayle DiLoreto and her husband, Danny, of San Antonio; honorary son David Michael Williams and wife Patricia, of San Antonio, fifteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and many brethren, sisters, relatives and friends.

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