Funeral Arrangements Set For Wynna Faye Elbert

3 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, February 12 2014 Feb 12, 2014 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:17:00 AM CST February 12, 2014 in News
By: Alexis Rogers, KOMU 8 News Reporter

COLUMBIA- Funeral arrangements for Wynna Faye Elbert are set for Saturday February 15. Services will start at 1 p.m. at Missouri United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held on Friday February 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the same location.

Family and friends have been mourning the death of former ward one pioneer and Columbia  native, Wynna Faye Elbert, who died Sunday, February 9.

Elbert's niece Mary Kay Langford said witnessing Elbert battle with her health was tough. "A person like that you don't want to see them suffer you know. It really hurt us to see she was in pain" said Langford. "So now this is a celebration because now she is at peace."

Long time friend, Phillip Williams Sr said after 41 years of friendship he witnessed Elbert's lasting effect on Columbia.

"She was an advocate. Her whole thing - you know I put her right up there as far as our neighborhood with Martin Luther King," said Williams. "She didn't care who it was who needed help it wasn't just black people who knocked on her door and she went to storm. Whenever it needed to be raised she raised it."

Elbert's sister Alma Tapp says losing Elbert will effect people of all kinds in Columbia.

"Everybody in Columbia- black and white knows Faye," said Tapp. "We would like to have some kind of memorial for her. We would just like to see people come forward so we can get something done for her to let them know that this is her community and this is what she did in the community.and so people can she that she is also respected as a person that has done so much in the community."

A reception for friends and family will be held at Douglass High School immediately following services on Saturday. All services are open to the public.

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