Posted on May 5, 2021
Oct. 25, 1940 — April 19, 2021
WAKE FOREST — Elaine Wickert went home to be with our Lord at the age of 80 on April 19, 2021.
She was born on Oct. 25, 1940, to Florence and Joseph Wharton in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Frankfort High School. She majored in business management and played on the Frankfort softball team as the starting catcher for three years. Elaine also played the French horn in the high school band and was a starter on the field hockey team.
The turning point in her life was at the age of 12 when she accepted Jesus Christ as Savior at Wissinoming Baptist Church, and was a member of its pioneer girl program. This led to growing in Christ and serving in positions of leadership in the junior, high school and young adult programs.
Elaine attend the Philadelphia College of Bible, where the Lord provided training in developing a deep understanding of God’s word and how to use it in her life.
In 1961, the Lord led her to the love of her life, Jack Wickert, to work alongside of in serving the Lord. In 1963 the Lord called Elaine and Jack to serve in upstate New York. Then the Lord gave them four children: Jill, Bonnie, Gail and John. In New York, the Lord used Elaine to serve for 32 years in Beacon/Fishkill Baptist Church and Faith Bible Church as Sunday school teacher, youth choir director, and junior church teacher.
In 1995, the Lord directed her service to Wake Forest to serve at Good Hope Baptist Church, then Wakefield Baptist in the above listed assignments. During the latter years she served in the encouragers prayer meeting group and supported the outreach efforts.
She has been survived by her greatest joys, her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jack (husband); Jill (daughter) and Bill (spouse); their children, Jennifer (Jordan), Kristen, and David; Bonnie (daughter); her child Samantha (Matt); their children Logan and Rose; Gail (daughter) and Bart (spouse); their children, Leah, Lindsay, Scott and Robert; and John (son).
In the last few years of her life she had health issues that though a challenge, Elaine and Jack, continued to love, laugh, work together and trust in the Lord.
Elaine was strong in Christ, served her family and was devoted to them, encouraging, thoughtful, generous, loved gardening, sharing her vegetables, cooking, sports and watching the birds with her many feeders and bird baths and so much more.
She will be dearly missed.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
It is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
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