Elsie Bright Venters
Sept. 9, 1925- Aug. 30,2010

Published 1:35 pm Wednesday, September 1, 2010

By Staff
Elsie Bright Venters of Jacksonville, NC, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2010. She was one of thirteen children born to John F. Bright and Mittie Moore Bright in Beaufort County NC. Elsie spent most of her life as a homemaker who, according to her family, made the world’s best chicken salad and pecan pie. There wasn’t one of her grandchildren who didn’t benefit from her crocheting. While her children were growing up, Elsie taught Sunday school at the First Christian Church in Jacksonville.
Elsie’s greatest joy was her family, but she also found delight and wonder in nature, whether it was feeding the squirrels in the backyard; hearing the cardinals singing outside her window; or seeing spring’s azaleas in full-bloom. Elsie enjoyed spending time outdoors and her family holds dear the many memories they have of her hula hooping in the backyard and riding her bike throughout the neighborhood.
Elsie loved the state of North Carolina, especially its beaches. She was captivated by the ocean and marveled at its power and force. Her excitement was infectious as she waved at boaters, or watched as pelicans, in full-flight, soared over the shore.
Elsie provided a loving home for her family in Jacksonville for more than 57 years and will be remembered as a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, James E. Venters; children, Glenn Womble of West Palm Beach, FL, Garry Venters of New York, NY, and Wanda Buffa (Randy) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Stephanie Marie Womble of Miami, FL, Sheila Yvonne Womble (Tom Scicluna) of Miami, FL, Melanie Queen of Charlotte, NC, Jason Queen (Mandy) of Charlotte, N.C and Jenna Garrison (Josh) of Charlotte, NC and six great grand children; brother Herlet R. Bright of Raleigh, NC, as well as many other loving family members and friends, including Lana J. Womble, of Miami, FL, and Star Droner, of New York, NY. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Esther Hatchell, who was Elsie’s caregiver and dear friend.
A private service will be held on the beach to celebrate her life.
Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville
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