Elsie Gantt Culliver, 88, of Jeannette, affectionately known as "mother" by her children, departed this life Thursday, July 15, 2021, at her home, surrounded by the presence of our Lord, her husband and daughters, along with her sister, Sissy, and her loving family. She was born October 16, 1932, in Wilmerding, a daughter of the late Peter J. Davis Sr. and Elsie Nelson Davis. Elsie was a housewife and stay-at-home mother who enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, and taking care of her family. She also enjoyed an afternoon of the local news and soap operas, but most importantly she enjoyed learning about her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Elsie was a long-time member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, now known as Rock of Refuge Congregational Church, Jeannette. Elsie was preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence Q. Gantt; four sisters, Rosella Winters, Ethel Davis, Mary Peaks and Barbara Williamson; two brothers, Peter J. Davis II and Willis E. Davis; and her five loving sons, Lawrence, Emmet, Darwin, Kenneth and Marvin. Elsie leaves behind her loving and devoted husband, Lawrence W. Culliver; a sister, Theresa Cantine, of Greensburg; seven priceless daughters, Josephine G. Culliver, Latrobe, Stephanie M. Gantt, Jeannette, Linda M. Horinek (Arthur), Lorain, Ohio, Tonya Poole-Brundage (Darrell), Pittsburgh, Christine E. Harman (Mark), Stahlstown, Rachel R. Gantt and Yvonne Y. Gantt, both of Jeannette. Elsie leaves a legacy of 26 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. Elsie's primary caregiver was her loving husband, Lawrence W. Culliver, along with her devoted family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Gaynel Brown with Women of Integrity, her (caretaker), and the entire Heritage Hospice Team, especially Lauren and Nicole, who have helped care for her over the last year. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 North 2nd St., Jeannette, PA 15644. A funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Thursday, in the Rock of Refuge Congregational Church, 102 Clay Ave. Jeannette, PA 15644, with Pastor Roy Aiken officiating. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township.
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Published by Tribune Review on Jul. 20, 2021.