‘Soldier of Christ – Well Done!’

Mrs. Lt. Commissioner Thelma Saunders was called Home recently from the Retired Officers’ Residence in Asbury Park, N.J.

Thelma Scotney was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1906. Her parents, B/M Harold and Clara Scotney, were lifelong Salvationists. She entered training in 1932 from Wellington City Corps and a year later was united in marriage with Frank Saunders. Young people were their primary concern as they served in corps appointments and then as divisional commander and territorial youth leaders. In 1958 they were appointed to the Central America and West Indies Territory, where she was Home League secretary. She held the same position in Australia South, then returned to the Caribbean as territorial commander and head of Women’s Organizations. In 1970 they retired and moved to the United States, where they managed the Evangeline Residence in San Francisco and also worked closely with cadets.

They worked with Service Extension retiring again in Southern California. He was promoted to Glory in 1981.

They had three children: Major Neil Saunders, Colonel Robert Saunders, and a daughter, Major Olwyn Abery, who was promoted to Glory in 1986.

Her sons will preside at a Memorial Service in Neptune, N.J and the committal at Cypress Lawn in Colma, Calif.

Besides her sons she is survived by eight grandchildren, one of whom is Captain Brian Saunders, serving in London, England.

Messages of sympathy may be sent to Major Neil Saunders, 1724 Roseglen Ave., San Pedro CA 90731; and Colonel Robert Saunders, Salvation Army P.O. Box 3830, Manila 1099 Philippines.


Brigadier Eldin K. Tobin
was promoted to Glory from the Earlwood Care Center, Torrance, Calif. He was 96 years old.

Eldin was born in South Dakota, and the family moved to Camrose, Alberta, Canada during the hard Dust Bowl years. He met the Army at a corps meeting and entered training from Edmonton in 1922. At a band concert in Femic, B.C. in 1927 he met his future wife, Lieutenant Betty Corsie. Their first years together were in Alaska, then a part of the Canadian Territory. Betty was promoted to Glory in 1977, after 49 years of marriage.

As a corps officer and as an “Outrider,” Eldin traveled many miles on horseback and dog team. The Tobins held appointments in large cities in Canada before transferring to the West in 1945.

Their first appointment in the West, was Pomona, followed by other posts in Southern California. In 1955 he became responsible for prison and welfare work in the Oregon and Southern Idaho Division. After a two-year stay at the Lytton Boys’ and Girls’ Home they served in the Men’s Social Service Centers at San Francisco, Van Nuys, San Bernardino and then Lytton, which was then an ARC. They entered retirement in 1968.

The Tobins were blessed with three children: Colonel Robert Tobin (R), Commissioner Doris Noland, and Margaret, who predeceased him. He had seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the Long Beach Temple Corps with Commissioner Joe Noland officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Colonel Robert Tobin (R), 13002-14th Place N.E., Seattle WA 98125; and Commissioner Doris Noland, P.O. Box C-l6l35, West Nyack NY 10994.

Major Elmer Yardley (R) was promoted to Glory from the Seton Memorial Hospital in Sacramento.

He was born in Sheridan, Wyo., in 1927, and began attending the Army when his family moved to Pocatello, Idaho. Elmer and his wife-to-be, Betty, met in Coos Bay, Ore., and married soon after her high school graduation in 1949. They were commissioned in 1951 as part of the Ambassador Session.

They served in many appointments in the Southern California, Southwest and Northwest Divisions. Their last appointment before retirement in 1992 was at Northern California Divisional Headquarters.

Yardley was appointed a delegate to the Brengle Institute in 1958, to the International Congresses in London in 1965 and 1990, and to the International College for Officers in 1971. He had many interests, including railroading, stamp collecting and Navajo Indian crafts.

Yardley is survived by his loving wife, Betty, three daughters, Ann Damant of Sacramento; Cheryl Turner of Glendora, Calif., and Carol Reddinghafer of Tucson; two sons: Elmer of Coos Bay and Captain David, corps officer in Stockton, Calif; a brother, Brigadier Robert Yardley (R) and three sisters, Major Betty Pearson (R), Teresa Scarlett and Helen Beets.

Brigadier Robert Yardley brought the message at the Memorial Service, held at the Sacramento Citadel Corps.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the following family members: Major Betty Yardley, 127 Davis Ave., Sacramento CA 95823; Captain David Yardley, 3224 Angel Dr., Stockton CA 952009; Brigadier Robert Yardley, 129 Davis Ave., Sacramento CA 95823, and Major Betty Pearson, 27 Fern Ct., Sacramento CA 95823.

Major Doris Nelson (R) was recently promoted to Glory at the home of her daughter in Frederica, Del.

Doris Estes was born in 1914 in Concord, New Hampshire. Having moved with her family to Kentucky, she graduated from Louisville Girls’ High School in 1933.

Doris was a member of the Dauntless Evangelists Session, and was commissioned from the Southern Training College in 1939. As a single officer she served in various appointments in the Women’s Social Department.

Doris was married to Lieutenant Floyd Nelson in 1944. Together they served in corps and social appointments in the USA Southern and Western Territories. Doris and Floyd retired from active service in 1985. At the time they were stationed at the Silvercrest Residence, Los Angeles. After retirement they returned to their beloved South.

Major Floyd Nelson was promoted to Glory in 1989. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her children, Charles Nelson, Sr., Major Barbara Wilson, Mrs. Kathleen Knapp and Captain Kenneth Nelson. There are 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Messages of sympathy may be sent in care of her son, Captain Kenneth Nelson, at 671 Kentland Dr., Waycross GA 31502.


Soldier Promoted to Glory

Virginia G. Carpenter–was recently promoted to Glory from Harrison House in Kent, Wash., at the age of 81. She was a soldier for 60 years. She is survived by a son, James Carpenter of Indianapolis; three daughters, Betty J. Vickers, Carolee Adams and Andrea A. Williams, all of Kent, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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