After graduating from St. Edmund's High School, she attended S.L.I. in Lafayette where she met her future husband, Joseph Elfert. They were married in 1949 and together they raised 9 children and shared careers in education. Mrs. Elfert served as a lector for many years at St. Philomena Catholic Church, and regularly attended Adoration of the Holy Sacrament. She was a member of Catholic Daughters and the American Legion Auxiliary for many years. Mrs. Elfert taught at St. Edmund High School, Basile High School and ended her 40+ year career as an Associate Professor at Nicholls State University. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and always sought out ways to encourage excellence. She was honored by the university when she was given the title Associate Professor Emeritus.
Many times her children were told, "I love your mother, she was the best teacher I ever had!" A statement they could echo, as they had her as a teacher both at home and at school. She was the most determined person most of us would ever know. She never let a challenge get the best of her and strived to overcome any adversity. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be dearly missed by her family.
She is survived by 2 siblings, 9 children, 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Her children are: Dr. Dan Elfert (Stephanie), Gretchen Chaumont (Ronnie), Rachel Christ (Gerald), David Elfert, (Mary Beth), Monica Hanley (Jack), Thomas Elfert (Mark Nelson), Philip Elfert, Maria O'Neal (Deustche), and Elizabeth DeBerry (Drew). Siblings are: Dr. Ben Miller, Jr. (Katherine), and Deanna Bischoff.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Eva Guillory Miller, her in-laws, George and Hortense Richard Elfert, her husband of 67 years, Joseph D. Elfert, Sr., and siblings and in-laws: Jack and Lois Miller, Stoche and Beneva M. Langlois, Julius Bischoff, Jim Miller, Charles and Sevil Elfert, Fracis Elfert and Emile Elfert.
…Burial was held at St. Anthony Church in Eunice, LA on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Miller Cemetery in Eunice, LA. … (The Basile Weekly, Basile, LA, 21 Nov 2019)