Elaine was born in Screven on July 24, 1923. Her grandparents were Walter and Fannie Gaskins Harper. Her parents, Dewey Morgan and Edith Harper Morgan, taught her the value of education and self-reliance.
Although residing in Richmond, Va., at the time of her death, she lived most of her adult life in Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Kingsland.
She married Ray Caldwell, longtime publisher of the Fernandina Beach News-Leader, founder of the Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival, who avowed Elaine was the best part of his life.
Elaine is well remembered as the owner of the children’s shop on Atlantic Avenue; real estate developer; treasurer of First Memorial United Methodist Church; and friend to many, loved by all. Always gracious, well groomed, sophisticated, a reader of books, studier of humans and their nature and a devoted Christian in thought and response.
Elaine Morgan Caldwell is survived by a daughter, Mary Elaine Anderson of Kapau, Hawaii; grandchildren Amelia Joy Anderson of Los Angeles; Kelly Paige Ellis of Kapau, Hawaii; Kevin C. Anderson of Richmond, Va., caregiver for 11 years; and his parents, Carl W. and Barbara A. Anderson of Fernandina Beach, Fla; stepson Don L. Caldwell of Lake City, Fla; stepdaughter Candy Dawson of Orlando; stepgrandchildren Clay Lee Caldwell of Sarasota, Fla., Chris Dawson of Orlando and Aimee Dawson of Indianapolis, Ind.
She is also survived by a great-granddaughter, Skyla Ocean Phuong, and stepgreat-grandchildren Holden Caldwell and Cole Caldwell.
Plus, a host of friends too numerous to name, and the always practical Elaine would not let us try for fear of leaving someone out.
Elaine reminds us of this adage: An old saint, being asked whether it is easy or hard to love God, replied, “It is easy to those who do it.”
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be given to Memorial United Methodist Church or the humane society.
Memorial services will be conducted by the Rev. Jim Tippins at the Memorial United Methodist Church, Fernandina Beach, at noon Saturday, May 10.