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Elna Irene Buckelew Everett Stone

"Her children arise and call her blessed;" Proverbs 31:28 NIV.

After a long and fulfilling life, Elna died gently and peacefully in her sleep Sunday afternoon, April 7, 2019, at age 90. She was a homemaker, wife and mother as well as a Registered Nurse who spent most of her nursing career providing pediatric care at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula. She was renowned as a gardener and birdwatcher.

She was born November 19, 1928, in Jones County, Mississippi, to Harmon and Carrie Houston Buckelew, the eldest of their six children.

She is predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Edward and Terrel Buckelew, and a sister, Denise McSwain, her first husband, Wille Ward Everett, the father of her children, and her second husband, Lawrence D. Stone.

She is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Bisping, Nell and Clyde Slade, two daughters and their husbands, Sandra Gates and Greg and Susan Bailey and Bryan, two sons and their wives, Ron Everett and Maggie and Perry Everett and Lisa, ten grandchildren, Emily Allen, Elizabeth Baird, Michael Everett, Stephen Gates, Matthew Everett, Allison Bailey, William Everett, Ian Everett, Erin Bailey and Rebecca Bailey, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive visitors at Ellisville Funeral Home between 6:00PM and 8:00PM on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Services will be conducted by Bro. John Bailey Sr. at New Hope Baptist Church at 2:00 on Friday, April 12, 2019 with interment following in the church cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Sandra Blackledge and her staff for the loving care they have provided in the past months.

She enjoyed her flowers in life and, as a continuation of her care for children, in lieu of flowers, a donation to a children’s hospital is appreciated.

An online guestbook may be signed at


Elna Irene Buckelew Everett Stone
November 19, 1928 - April 7, 2019




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