Elaine Boyd Truitt died March 1, 2013 surrounded by members of her loving family. Elaine was born on December 30, 1920, the youngest of the children of George Taylor and Lela Boyd.
Elaine was athletic as a child and excelled in softball and basketball through her years in high school. She even participated in inter-scholastic tournaments at what was then North Texas State Teachers College, which was a special accomplishment for a young girl in those days.
As a young freshman at North Texas State, Elaine was swept off her feet by Price Truitt and they ran away to Oklahoma and married on June 2, 1939. Elaine returned to continue her studies at North Texas State and receive her degree from there.
In 1945, Price joined the chemistry department at North Texas State Teachers College while he and Elaine settled down to spend the rest of their lives in the North Texas area. Elaine and Price operated a chicken farm just west of Denton from 1947 through 1955 while Price continued to develop an honored position in the College’s chemistry department.
Elaine and Price shared their love of the active life and took their family on camping trips when he had the summer off from teaching. For more than 45 years, they had many outdoor adventures … doing everything from vacationing out of the trunk of the car to enjoying the comparative luxuries of a self-contained recreational vehicle while traveling, camping and fishing through the Rockies. From 1963 to 1968, they owned and operated a store three months of year called “Top of The World”, located near the northeast gate of Yellowstone Park.
Elaine was an active servant to her community both as a volunteer Pink Lady for many years at Flow Hospital and as an enthusiastic Girl Scout leader for her daughters’ troops.
The past few years, Elaine has shown her creative side by becoming an accomplished quilter. In the early 70’s, she helped to found the Denton Quilt Guild. She has continued to be a regular contributor and has shown many pieces of her beautiful work at local quilting exhibitions.
After 69 years of marriage, Price preceded Elaine in death in 2008. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Truitt Creagh of Denton (partner Scott Lent), and Sharon Gail Truitt (husband Jack Truitt) of Forestburg; four grand-children; Laura Creagh (partner Katherine Brown) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Shelley Cross Anthony (Husband Dean Anthony) of Denton; Jack C. Truitt (wife Cindy Truitt) of Oak Point and Catherine Truitt Castle (husband Dan Castle)of Moscow, Idaho. She is also survived by eight great grand-children; Lauren Cross of Austin, Creagh Cross of Dallas and Truitt Cross (wife Shelby Cross) of Lubbock, as well as Slade, Leifur, Wynd, Milena, Canyon, Ceri and Saxon Castle of Moscow, Idaho. Finally, she was great-great grandmother of Kenadee and Covin Cross.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to UNT via The Price and Elaine B. Truitt Endowment Fund, UNT Division of Advancement, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, TX 76203.
A remembrance gathering will be held for friends and family at the DeBerry Funeral Directors, Monday, March 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Online condolences can be made at DeBerryFuneralDirectors.com.