Jenny Grace Elliott (nee Kinneer), beloved wife and mother died peacefully Tuesday April 14, 2015 at her home
in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of three daughters born to Fredrick Marion and Kathryn (Donoghue) Kinneer
of Dayton, Ohio.
Born in Murray City, Ohio on March 12, 1937,
she spent her childhood in the rolling hills and woodlands of southeastern Ohio, before her father, a WWI veteran and family
moved to Dayton, Ohio, where her father Fredrick Kinneer worked until his untimely death in 1961 at the Wright Patterson Air
Force Base in Dayton, as a B-17 bomb-site mechanic.
Jenny married her
high school sweetheart just after graduating from Patterson Cooperative "Co-Op" High School in Dayton, in 1955.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years Charles "Ron" Elliott, a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and
Field Artillery officer; and her four children to whom she was devoted for the entirety of her life. Jenny masterfully endured
two years away from her husband on two separate occasions during his tours in Vietnam; she raised and nurtured her four young
children during those years in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio, with the help of her family and Ron's. Ron and Jenny
met in the hallway of their high school; Ron was two years her senior, and a sophomore at the University of Dayton and an
ROTC cadet when they married. Her life as an "Army wife" of which she was very proud began upon Ron's
commissioning as a Second Lieutenant and first duty assignment as an Artillery officer at Fort Sill (Lawton), Oklahoma. She
took to the Army life though it took her far away from her family and home in Dayton, but with the love of her life she was
forever contented. From Fort Sill, Jenny and Ron moved about the country and abroad during Ron's successful military
career; Fort Lewis (Tacoma), Washington; Sandia Base (Albuquerque), New Mexico; and Fort Bliss (El Paso), Texas; and
Zweibrucken and Ansbach, Germany (during the Cold War, the Federal Republic of Germany). Ron's
career included a tour of duty as an ROTC cadre member at Ohio University in Athens Ohio during the volatile anti-war era
of the 60's; and following his final tour in Vietnam the family arrived in Carlisle with the US Army War College at Carlisle
All of her life she was extremely patriotic, proud of her country and
support of the Armed Forces of the US and honored to be a part of the "military tradition and way of life." She
was awarded the Military Order of Saint Barbara and received special recognition from the President of the United States for
her years of support and service as an Army Wife at Ron's military retirement.
high school she excelled academically; and became an accomplished and published poet who wrote hundreds of poems throughout
her life. She was employed with Delco Products while attending high school and upon graduating accepted a position
as the Executive Secretary for the President and CEO of GMAC in Dayton, Ohio where she worked until
becoming pregnant with her first child. At Carlisle Barracks while living "on Post,"
she was a member of the Officers' Wives Club, the Editor of the Newcomers Booklet for newly arriving military families,
and the Chairman of the annual Foreign Foods Buffet. After her children were grown, married, or off to college, she
continued to be active in the Carlisle community and the St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. An accomplished poet, she
was a member of the Carlisle Poetry Society, the Pennsylvania Poet's Society, and the National Poet's Society. She
enjoyed her membership with the Carlisle Red Hat Society of Women. Over her many years as a Carlisle resident and since Ron's
military retirement she was employed at the Helen Steven's Health Center; Kimberly's Bridal Shop; and the Camella's
Sin Tea Room.
Jenny is survived by her loving husband Ron, her four children
Jeffrey R. Elliott (and Lori Cross Elliott) of Reading, PA, a partner with the Wyomissing law firm of Kozloff Stoudt and a
retired Brigadier General in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard; Kimberly Elliott Johnson (and Larry E. Johnson) of Carlisle,
PA, housewife, mother and office support employee with Freysinger's GMC; Kevin F. Elliott (and Brigid McAndrew Elliott)
of Fredericksburg, VA, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and presently Chief, Assistance and
Investigation Division of the Office of The Inspector General of the U.S. Corps of Engineers; and Eric S. Elliott (and Terri
Myers Elliott) of Minneapolis, MN, and most recently West Chester, PA, the President and CEO of Prime Therapeutics, a pharmacy
Jenny has 13 loving grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren who were deeply loved and adored: Sarah
K. Elliott, triplets Elizabeth C. Elliott, Christian R. Elliott, Michael J. Elliott, Lucas Elliott Johnson, Hillary D. Johnson,
Shanna L. Johnson, Makenna E. Elliott, Kayleigh Grace Elliott, Kevin C. Elliott, Lauren Elliott Nappi, Mark T. Elliott, and
the youngest grandchild Kyle S. Elliott; and great-grandchildren Stella, Zoie, Lilly, Lexi and Anthony. She
was predeceased by her adored sister Eunice Ann Kinneer Langley (and Joseph Langley) and further survived by their children
Timothy and her dearly loved niece Michelle Langley Burneka and her husband Charles. She is also survived
by her loving sister Joy Kinneer Koontz (and James Koontz) of Keene, NH and their children Mark, Jill, Jenny and Bradley.
Jenny will be missed dearly by her family.
visitation will be held from 6 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover
St., Carlisle, PA where a Prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in the St. Patrick Catholic Church, 85 Marsh Dr., Carlisle, PA. Rev.
Brian J. Wayne will be the celebrant. Interment will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville,
PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital,
501 St Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or website www.stjude.org in honor of Jenny Grace Elliott.
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you have such a big loving family. Those of us who do are truly blessed. I know all of you will miss Jenny terribly.
I did not know that Jenny was ill. I am so sorry
for your loss. I understand how painful this is and I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family.
I had great conversations with Jenny about how she raised 3 burly boys. Such a fine
cultured human being! I'm glad that our paths crossed.
Jenny, rest with our Father, your remain special to us all.
Charles, our thoughts and prayers are with you brother.
Your AHOLT Friends
Dear Elliott's and family:
Rene' and I wish to convey our deepest and health felt condolences in the passing of Mrs. Elliott. Please know
that you have been in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Rene' E. Adams, Yvonne J. Nageotte
I didn't know Jenny well, but I thoroughly
enjoyed chatting with her when she came to yoga classes at the YMCA. She was a charming woman with a ready smile. I know
that she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you celebrate the wonderful woman Jenny was on this earth, and cherish the memories
forever. May The Lord take her in gracefully and let her rest in peace! Hugs to you all!
Chris & Michael McKenna
Ron, I count it a great privilege to have
known such a warm and loving lady. I shall always remember how warmly she welcomed me into your home and family during my
first visit so many years ago, and how she hugged and greeted me with the same warmth when I recently saw her again. Please
accept my condolences for your loss.
Jay Revis, Major, US Army (Retired)
It's been 3 months and has not gotten any easier. She was a wonderful mother with the warmth and caring
that will never be surpassed. I truly miss the conversations and guidance she provided in every aspect of her life. A beautiful
woman, great teacher and the world's best mom ever! I miss her and she has left a huge void in this earthly world, but
I know I will see her again when the time comes. Rest in peace Mom!
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