Gloria Elaine Elkins, 73, passed away April 13th at her home in the Robinwood community. She was born at the family home in the Riceville community on February 26, 1949, the daughter of Levan and Hannah (Burns) Ladner. Growing up in rural South Mississippi, Gloria was definitely an outdoors-loving country girl. She did whatever needed doing...from working in the yard and planting flowers, to splitting firewood, hunting turtles, and so much more, she wasn't one to shy away from much. Gloria was very smart and always made the banner roll as she worked her way through Harrison County schools. Gloria graduated from Harrison Central, the Valedictorian of the Class of 1967 and promptly joined the United States Navy. Following her honorable discharge, Gloria returned to South MS, and not too long after, decided to further her education. Her father was a carpenter which always interested her, so she enrolled in carpentry classes at MGCCC's Jeff Davis campus. While there, she met Clint Elkins, who was also in the class. Apparently Gloria had the only sander, and he needed it. So, he figured he would ask her out on a date so he could bargain for use of the sander. Little did he know at the time, that it would be a life-long relationship. They were engaged on Easter Sunday and married six months later in September of 1981. The young couple made their home in Robinwood, where they would spend their lives together. Gloria did lots of things in her life, including but certainly not limited to, working with Clint on the Ship Island ferry for a few years, clerical work, reading water meters, and lots more. She has done so much that you likely do not know about, because Gloria was a reserved person who avoided being the center of attention. She loved working outside and taking care of her yard and flowers. While Gloria never had any children of her own, she adored her animals. She was always taking in strays that needed a good home. In her spare time, if you would call it that, Gloria enjoyed painting. She has painted murals for Churches, handcrafted picnic tables that she made herself, mostly for family. She was, to say the least, a multi-talented lady who wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty working. Gloria was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded by her father Levan Ladner, and her mother, Hannah Phillips, and two sisters, Brenda Cheshire and Nancy McGill. Left to cherish her memories are: her devoted husband of over forty years, Clint Elkins; someone they both called daughter and loved as their very own, Tammy (Duren) Devin; her sisters Mary Knight and Bridgett Hutchinson, and brothers, Dickie Joe (Jennie) Ladner and Earnest (Bonnie) Ladner. Gloria leaves a host of extended family, friends, and neighbors through the years, including her 13 year old lab-mix son, 'Rambo'. If you knew Gloria, you know she wasn't one for flash and flare. A graveside service has been set for Monday, April 18th at 2:00 PM in the Persimmon Hill Church Cemetery in Saucier, where she will be laid to rest with US Navy honors. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Elkins family during this difficult time, asking everyone to keep them in your prayers in the days to come.
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