ALDERMAN, ELORA BUCK (1909 ~ 2006). The following is an obituary for Elora Buck Alderman, spouse of William Bradford Alderman, former Member of the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Naval Museum Commission. The obituary was published in the Austin American-Statesman on November 11, 2006.
"Elora Buck Alderman Quotation (in her will dated September 6, 1946):
'Life is a great adventure and the next step is bound to be. I'm looking forward to it. Mother put me on the right track when she took me by the hand and led me to church! I ain't forgot! Besides, in that and other ways, she taught me freedom of the soul! She, the truest Christian I ever observed, was my ideal'
Born January 16, 1909 in Rockdale Texas to Carter Tubb Buck and Virginia Florence Holland Buck, Elora Buck passed away on November 27, 2006 at home in Kingsland, Texas. Elora was an original 'liberated and independent' woman whose passions included literature, art, music (especially the symphony), ballet, history, helping others, working in political campaigns, travels with husband, Bill all over the world, collecting life-long friends at each stop.
This extraordinary woman was predeceased by her parents, three brothers (Roy, Raymond and Leon) and three sisters (Ruth, Ruby and Clara). Survived by daughter, Katy Alderman Scarborough and husband Forrest of Kingsland, grandson Lee Glover and wife, Cassie and precious great grand daughters, Rachel Kate (almost 3) and Sarah Nichole (1 year old). She is also survived by nieces and nephews and their children.
Elora graduated from Corsicana High School in Corsicana, Texas, and attended Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee, where she honed her skills in literature and developed a passion for writing.
Her professional career began with working for Postal Telegraph in several Texas cities, then on to Maytag Southwestern in Dallas. A girlfriend persuaded her to interview with Mr. Ted Dealey of The Dallas Morning news. She began her newspaper career as secretary to the late beloved columnist, Lynn W. Landrum. Wanting to 'prove' her abilities, she became the first woman editor of 'SPARKS', the Dallas News-WFAA employee newspaper. She then joined the Dallas News city reportorial staff on General Assignments, acquiring the life-long nick-name 'SCOOP'. Her first major political assignment was cub reporter assigned to do features on the National Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1940.
During World War II, Elora was Pubic Relations officer in the Guardette's. She was also Administrative Assistant to Major M. Tilford Jones who handled public relations for the Chemical Warfare Procurement Division, 8th Army, Dallas. She did publicity work for the three state regions.
While working for the Dallas News, she met William 'Bill' Bradford Alderman when he called on Mr. Lynn Landrum. Bill was an engineer on the Pan American Highway in Nicaragua and was three days late to their wedding due to a transportation problem. While Bill was completing his assignment in Nicaragua,
Elora moved to San Antonio to become the photo editor for the San Antonio Express Newspaper.
Upon his return from Central America, the couple moved to Austin to pursue their dream of publishing Texas Parade Magazine. Elora had a passion for politics and began working in the Texas Legislature, first working as secretary to Joe Kilgore, of McAllen. She continued working in the legislature for many years as the 'Valley Delegate Administrative Assistant'.
Following her Legislature forays, she pursued her love of Texas and the history of this great state as a volunteer for the Travis County Historical Survey Committee, as well as the Texas Historical Commission. Her forte' was research, writing and public relations for Texas Historical markers.
She and Bill were charter members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and were very active in their church and especially 'The Adventures' group.
Her husband, Bill, died in August, 2000, while she was in ICU in the Dallas area where they moved later in life. She was unable to attend his funeral and began a steady decline in her health, but this glorious woman had a great will to live and a desire to help others. Her daughter and son in law insisted on caring for her in their home until her passing (which she joyfully referred to as her 'promotion' to Heaven). Having been under the care of Seton Hospice in Burnet for almost a year, she was revered for an inner strength and resilience. Special thanks goes to the Seton Hospice staff, especially her good friends, Kathy and Yolanda.
Elora and Bill had a deep and abiding faith in their Lord and are together again in Heaven.
A Memorial Service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 3208 Exposition Blvd., on Saturday, December 2, 2006 at HIGH NOON, with a reception following her service.
She always said 'I want no flowers. Feed some hungry soul. Either with bread or with music'. She would also be thrilled for any contributions to her alma mater, Bethel College, 325 Cherry Avenue McKenzie, Tennessee 38201, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Seton Hospice or your favorite charity."
Further information is available through the Texas State Cemetery research department.