Elda Louise Harlan, 89, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

Elda was born August 17, 1924 in Neelyville, Mo., to DeWitt and Eva Kittredge. 

On November 15, 1943, she married James Wesley Harlan.

She retired from Three Rivers College cafeteria, as head cook in 1992, where most athletes and staff called her “Mom”.  Her favorite times were spent with family, friends and most especially her grandchildren.  She set an example for us all on how to be the best mother and grandmother ever.  Elda never met a stranger and before very long friends turned into “family”.  She was a great and loving role model to every heart she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Bonnie Hill, sister, Edna Breznik and three brothers, Warren Kittredge, Russell Kittredge and Jimmie Bishop.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda French (Harvey) of Harviell; son, Alan Harlan (Alesia) of Doniphan; son-in-law, Gene Hill of Poplar Bluff; sister, Gloria Stevens of Fenton; 10 grandchildren, Darlene Shackleford (Kevin), Linda Lea Oesterreicher (Paul), Jim French (Darla), John French, (Niki), Joe French (Pinar), Lisa French, Jerry French, Laura Rush, Wesley Harlan, (Yolanda) and Jessie Harlan along with 25 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, followed by funeral services at 3p.m. at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff.  Bishop Matt Brooks will officiate and assisted by Pastor Todd Taylor.  Burial will be held in Memorial Gardens.