Elaine Anitole Mueller age, 80
Residence: Hendersonville, NC
Location of death: Elizabeth House
Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts
Janice Anitole Nick, Lexington, SC
Jeffrey Andrew Mueller / Elizabeth Blakney Koller, Hendersonville, NC
Nicki Lynn Callies/Donald Duane Callies, JR., Hendersonville, NC
Susan Christine Ledbetter/T.J. Ledbetter, SR., Morehead City, NC
Nicholas Andrew Mueller, Melissa Danielle Tinkler, Christopher Grant Mueller, Tyler James Phlegar, Geoffrey David Pridmore, Sydney Lauren Levitt, Jacob Andrew Levitt, McKenzie Renee Price
William Kennon Jamerson, Andrew Kenobi Mueller, John Dylan Tinkler, Easton Louis Pridmore
Elaine was born in Salem, Massachusetts, daughter of Nicholas and Ida Anitole.
Elaine attended Taunton High School in Taunton Massachusetts before moving with her family to Fort Lauderdale, Florida at age 16. She then graduated from Pine Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale Florida in 1956.
She worked for her father in the jewelry business for many years and during this time also taught swimming. In fact, Elaine taught Buffalo Bob’s son, Christopher Smith, how to swim. So, yes… Elaine knew Howdy Doody, and Tiny Tim too!
Elaine became an entrepreneur of many shapes in her lifetime; In the early 70’s, she was the owner of one of the first consignment shops in South Florida, ‘The Happy Hanger’. Then on to Real Estate Broker/Owner of ‘Fantastic Properties’ (Imagine the T’s in Fantastic are Palm trees).
In 1982, Elaine decided to take her Real Estate talent to The World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she was the owner of a booth in the travel section of the Fair selling vacation time, first called “timeshares.”
Soon after the Fair, Elaine moved back to Florida and began to write. This is where she found her true passion. She started a ‘Singles Publication.’ This Publication was a beautiful magazine, and again, the first of its kind in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Elaine loved writing and went on to write a cookbook. Not just any cookbook …a Story Cookbook. Anyone who knew Elaine, could not mistake her sense of humor! The first printing of “OH BOY!” WHAT IS IT?” Story Cookbook was in 1985. This charming cookbook is full of wit, stories, sayings and even suggested songs to sing while whipping up your recipe! My favorite saying in the book is “The sum of one’s existence is the magic of being needed by just one person.” And who wouldn’t want to sing “Fly Me to the Moon” while making chicken wing sauce?
Elaine moved to Hendersonville, NC just after the printing of her cookbook in 1985. After a few short years of selling her book, travel, relaxation and enjoying her new surroundings, she really began to shine with the start of a publication that would change a little town in so many ways, ‘The Town Tooter’! This ‘newsy’ little paper started as just one page in a room in her home. Soon, The Town Tooter was patiently waited for on every corner and across 4 counties. With her wit and love of writing, this paper was a hit! This leads us to the largest part of Elaine Mueller, her generosity and love of humankind. She hired people who others wouldn’t, she gave advertising space to new small businesses, etc…
Elaine Mueller lead a full and incredible life, full of love and mystery. Those whose lives she touched were lucky–even if there was only one story or hearty laugh shared. Elaine was a daughter, a sister, a mother, a YiaYia, and an Aunt Silly. She knew the importance of a great sense of humor as she walked through life. Elaine encouraged dancing, travel, good cooking, storytelling, love, and don’t forget the donuts..eat the donuts!
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
A memorial service will be at noon on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in the chapel at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel
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