Ms. Elise Monroe Harding was born October 1, 1933 in Sylvania, Georgia to the late Van Buren Monroe and Queen Esther Hunter. At an early age she moved to Savannah, Georgia where she was educated in the Chatham County public school system. For many years, Elise operated and managed her own catering services where she provided original recipes and delicious cuisine in historic Savannah.
Elise accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age at PalenUnited Methodist Church. She later united with St. Phillip AME Church until she relocated from Savannah. Later in life she remained under watch care with Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia and New St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida.
In 1952 she married Carl L. Flannagan of White Plains, NY. From this union two daughters, Linda and Michele, were born. In 1958 she married Donald F. Harding of Wilmington, Delaware. From this union, a daughter, Sharon was born. Elise was blessed with four grandchildren: Tifferney, Kelvin Jermaine, Morgan, and Jasmine.
Elise was a connoisseur of delectable foods. She would spend countless hours watching cooking shows and creating various recipes. The food she prepared was impeccable in taste. Her recipes remain as traditions within the family. Elise was a wise, independent, and intelligent woman who enjoyed reading while staying abreast on worldly issues. Elise loved God and her family. Her kindness was unspoken but shown through her actions. She was generous, giving, humorous, and faithful. She lived a fulfilling life of love. On June 15, 2022, the Lord called her to rest, and without hesitation she obeyed his command.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Van Buren Monroe and Queen Esther Hunter; three sisters, Daisy Boyd, Magnolia Wilcher, and Bernice Hastie; and one brother, LeholmesMonroe.
Elise will be deeply missed and her memory always cherished by her devoted daughters, Linda F. Dodd (William) of Lawrenceville, GA, Michele Flannagan of Provincetown, MA, and Sharon Richardson (Kelvin B.) of Ocala, FL; beloved sister, Carolyn Simmons of Charlotte, NC; four loving grandchildren, Tifferney Dodd of Norcross, GA, Kelvin J. Richardson (Tawanna) of Boynton Beach, FL, Morgan Dodd of Beltsville, MD, and Jasmine Richardson of Port Charlotte, FL. She also leaves a host of special nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and a countless number of sincere friends.
Funeral service will be at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Hadley- Brown Funeral Home
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at Hadley- Brown Funeral home