Martha (Beebe) Elder of Hamden Hills Drive, Hamden and Mansfield Grove, East Haven, died peacefully on December 22, 2009 at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a brief illness. Born on September 17, 1920, she was the widow of Robert W. Elder and the daughter of the late Clarence and Anna Wartman Beebe. Mrs. Elder is survived by children John, San Antonio, TX, Richard (Joann), North Haven, Barbara (Richard) Daly, Ball Ground, GA, and Robert, Jr. (Susan McDowell), Austin, TX. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be Celebrated Friday, April 9, 2010 at 11 AM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Hamden. Interment will follow in Hamden Plains Cemetery. Gifts in her memory may be made to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or to the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut, 501 George Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. Jack, Rich,Sis, and Rob, I’m sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of your Mother, especially as our Cub Scout Den Mother and the meetings we had in the basement of 21 Westview St. I still remember going to your cottage in East Haven. I also remember the tuna and egg salad sandwiches, every time I have one I think of Mrs. Elder. We have something in common as we both have 9 grandchildren and born in September. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Merry Christmas and Happy and healthy New Year. John

  2. Dear Rich, I had the pleasure of meeting your mother and father while playing bridge at the Hamden Senior Center. After your dad passed away, I got to know Martha a bit better, again through bridge. She became a part-time sub for my bridge group on Monday afternoons. My happiest memory of her is when 8 of us played bridge together at Rose Bernabucci’s cottage in Guilford, then all went out for lunch, and then came back to play more bridge and just gab. Your mom was delightful and I’m glad to have met her. My sympathy on your loss, Susan Kazanjian

  3. Our condolences to all of the Elders. We have now lost two of our dearest friends.God bless you at this Christmas and the coming New Year. Sincerely,Bob&Carol

  4. Elder family, So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Your Dad and mine (Gordon Benson) were card playing buddies, and they both knew Ed from Kelsey Boat Yard. You’re in our prayers. Sue and Ed Kelsey

  5. Jack, Rich, Barbara and Rob: With our heartfelt sympathies and condolences in the loss of such a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. We have such very fond memories of her and your Dad from the cottage. She was always such a gracious, caring lady who will be sadly missed as we have also missed your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don and Betsy McCarthy

  6. Dear Rich, I had the pleasure of meeting your mother and father while playing bridge at the Hamden Senior Center. After your dad passed away, I got to know Martha a bit better, again through bridge. She became a part-time sub for my bridge group on Monday afternoons. My happiest memory of her is when 8 of us played bridge together at Rose Bernabucci’s cottage in Guilford, then all went out for lunch, and then came back to play more bridge and just gab. Your mom was delightful and I’m glad to have met her. My sympathy on your loss, Susan Kazanjian

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