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Elinor Lydia Wiederanders Roth

It was March 28, 1924 and the storm raged as threeyear
old Nettie rode with her father to get the doctor
– her mother was at home in labor. The winds caught
a piece from a barn and sent it through the windshield
of the car. Nettie lost an eye that day, but gained a
little sister, Elinor Lydia Wiederanders. Later their
brother J.A. was born. Their parents, Carl and Lydia
Wiederanders, were gentle, hard-working Lutherans.
Elinor graduated from Oklaunion High School and
went off to North Texas State College to study, but that
venture was cut short because of World War II. She and
her sister went to Ft. Worth to work at Consolidated Air
where Elinor climbed on the B-36s to make sure the
workers had done their timesheets. At the end of the war, she went back home and
in 1945 married Edward Roth of Harrold who navigated B-52s for the Air Force.
During the 22 years serving in the Air Force, Ed and Elinor took their family
with them, living in New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Washington, New Mexico,
and California. After leaving the Air Force, they lived in the Vernon Texas
area. Elinor was a gentle, caring, welcoming, giving, cheerful, witty, talented,
hardworking, dedicated wife, mother, and friend. She was beautiful and wore
her rings and earrings everyday of her life. She volunteered at her children’s
schools, her church, and at the hospital. Elinor served as a member and officer
of the Lutheran church women, the Home Demonstration Club, and the Hospital
Auxiliary for almost 50 years. When her children were grown, she worked at the
Elliott Gin, the Harrold Post Office, and as a trained caregiver.
Elinor loved her children more than anything and lit up with the biggest smile
ever when all five surprised her for her 99th birthday. She is survived by her
five children, Glynda Hamilton, Vancouver, WA, Jeri Pitts, Ennis, TX, Ed Roth,
Merritt Island, Florida, Jon Roth, Oklaunion, TX, and Pam Roth, Electra, TX.
She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Shelley Pitts, Stacia Hamilton, Eddie
Roth, TJ Hamilton, Chuck Roth, Cole Hamilton (wife Katie), Rachel Roth, and
Genny Roth, as well as, seven great-grandchildren, their spouses, and ten greatgreat-
grandchildren. Elinor’s sister-in-law, Lydia Roth, was her faithful visitor
and friend. Her sister’s children held a special place in her life. She loved and
appreciated her children’s friends as if they were her own, as well as, Hailey and
Ali at Advanced Care.
Elinor came into the world with a storm and went out in peace to meet her
Savior Nov. 2, 2023.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Sullivan Funeral Home from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Saturday, Nov. 11,
2023, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction
of Sullivan Funeral Home.

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