The Life & Legacy
Mrs. Elise Saxby Malone
On a winter day in Savannah, Georgia on February 16, 1938, a beautiful bouncing baby girl entered this world, welcomed by her parents, the late Oliver Saxby, Sr. and Almadeen Bates Saxby. They named her Elise after her paternal grandmother.
At an early age it was evident that this little bundle of joy was extremely smart, and her smartness was often put on display by her parents. Her mother succeeded in getting her into West Savannah Elementary School in Savannah, Georgia at the age of five, and her father right away began thinking of the college he wanted her to attend--Hampton Institute. Her brilliance was also recognized by her peers and teachers.
After completing elementary school, she attended Woodville High School in Savannah, Georgia, which later became known as Tompkins High School. She was a well-rounded student who participated in many school activities. She was a member of a distinguished group of high school girls called the “Figs”. The purpose of this group was to render service to others and to entertain at school functions with dance routines. As a result of her speaking ability, she was often invited by teachers to recite poems at their youth programs. Despite her busy schedule, she achieved academically and was honored as the 1955 Salutatorian of her class.
After completing high school, she did not attend her father’s choice of school due to his untimely death. She matriculated at Savannah State College where she majored in Mathematics, and graduated in 1959. While attending Savannah State College, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Elise entered the workforce after graduating from Savannah State College, now known as Savannah State University. Her first teaching job was in Dublin, Georgia, where she taught high school Math. In later years, she became employed in the Chatham County School System where she taught Math in the high school for a brief period. Then, she decided to change her major to Elementary Education. She continued her learning in this area and received a Master’s Degree from Armstrong University in Savannah, Georgia.
Elise believed that every child and adult had a right to achieve educationally and successfully. Therefore, she tutored many adults and students to help them to reach their goals. Her hard work did not go unnoticed, as she was the recipient of “Teacher of the Year Award” twice in her respective schools.
Elise had many extra-curricular talents. As a skilled musician, she had the opportunity to serve by playing for several church choirs and elementary and high school choruses in the city of Savannah, Georgia. As a great cook, she was known for preparing delicious dishes such as red rice, shrimp-crab casserole, lemon meringue pie, and banana pudding. As the life of family gatherings, Elise was also a master of playing the card game Spades. Additionally, she served as a member of The Order of the Eastern Star.
Elise was one who believed that God was the constant force in her life and demonstrated it in her everyday life. She was a devoted member of Townsley Chapel A.M.E. Church for over 70 years, where she was an active participant from youth to adulthood in the following: Tom Thumb Weddings, Easter Speech Recitations, Memorization of Books of the Bible at a Revival Meeting, Children Fashion Shows, YPD Meetings at different churches in the city, Delegate to the Youth Convention at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, Choir Pianist, Sunday School Pianist, and Member of the Bates-Spikes Missionary Society. Lastly, she was a big giver. She never forgot to pay her tithes and offerings or support the church where there was a need.
On August 12, 1963, Elise joined in holy matrimony with the love of her life, Louis Malone, and they remained together for 57 years until parted by death. To this union three wonderful children were born—one son and two daughters. She was the epitome of an outstanding wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved them all so dearly. They were truly the joy of her life.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Louis Malone, Sr.; daughter, Denise Ponder (Michael); son, Louis Malone II (Bichthoa); daughter, Viki Dennard; and seven grandchildren: Michael Ponder II (Taylor), Brandon Ponder, LaKeith Dennard II, Louis Malone III, Adorlee Malone, William Malone, and Novalee Malone; sister, Daisy S. McDowell; sisters-in-laws, Lula Kennedy, Betty Saxby, Elease Saxby; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Rev. Oliver Saxby, Jr. and Robert Saxby.
Elise will truly be missed by her family, friends, and church members. We will never forget this Christian lady, who always loved to have fun and possessed such a sweet spirit, caring heart, and big smile.
Public viewing will be held 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 16, 2021 in the Chapel of Campbell & Sons Funeral Home, 124 W. Park Ave., Savannah, GA. 31401. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery, 1336 Dean Forest Road, Savannah, GA. 31405.
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