MORRIS — Together Again! After a long 3 1/2 year wait, Edward Elliott of Morris returned to the side of his faithful wife on March 3, 2003, from the Veterans Home in Oxford.
Ed was born in Bridgewater on July 1, 1918, the son of Jesse DeAlton Lloyd and Lena Ballard Lloyd. Lena died four months later, and he was brought to Morris to live with Lena's aunt and uncle, Frank and Sarah Elliott, who later adopted him.
Ed lived his entire 841/2 years on the family farm. He graduated from Morris Central School in 1937 where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football. He attended Cazenovia Junior College, where he also lettered in all three sports, and graduated in 1940.
After graduation, Ed married Lura Belle (Peg) Rayburn in Briar Cliff Manor, and went to work at Bendix Scintilla in the Engineering Lab, settling in Morris.
After the outbreak of World War II, Ed enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, and served with the 15th Air Force in Northern Africa and Italy as a waist gunner on a B-24. After the war, in 1946, Ed returned to Scintilla.
A year later, he and Peg decided it was time to take over the running of the family farm. Together, they ran the farm on South Broad Street for 18 years.
During the years on the farm, Ed also served in many community affairs. He served for 15 years on the School Board, for eight years as Mayor, he brought the first ambulance to Morris, and for eight years as Town Councilman.
He was a past Master of the Masonic Lodge, a past President of Rotary, a past Commander of the American Legion, a member of the Fire Department, and later on the Cemetery Board and as a member of the Methodist Church Board.
In 1965, Ed and Peg sold most of the farm, subdivided a portion into lots, and built a new home on what became known as Meadow Lane.
Also in 1965, Ed went to work for Otsego County as the Executive Secretary to the Civil Defense Director. He later became the first Personnel Officer and the county's first Purchasing Agent.
Ed retired in February 1981, after 15 years.
Since retirement, Ed has enjoyed his hobby of woodworking; repairing things for people in his shop; and visiting with his many friends at the Coffee Shop and around town.
Ed was preceded in death by his faithful wife, Peg, who died on Aug. 21, 1999. They had spent 59 years together.
They are survived by their three children, Lynn (Jean, of Cedar City, Utah), Julie (Peter, of New Hartford), and Jamie (New Lisbon); 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
At their request, Ed and Peg's ashes will be spread 'under the cherry tree.'
A coffee hour was held at the Coffee Shop on March 11, 2003, with many of Ed's friends stopping in.
In lieu of cards or flowers, the family has requested donations to the Morris Emergency Squad.
Published in The Daily Star on March 20, 2003.