Brenda Elston

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Brenda “Bren” Elston, 59, of Medaryville, IN passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. She was born on November 25, 1963 to Ernest D. and Krystal K. [Critser] Woodard, in Gary, In. Bren graduated from West Central High School in 1981. She married Brad Elston on October 3, 1987 in Medaryville. They affectionately referred to one another as “baby” for over 37 years. Bren enjoyed crafting and flower gardening. In her younger years, Bren enjoyed horseback riding and barrel racing. Her favorite holiday was Christmas when she would turn the house into the North Pole. Some of the best family memories were made while camping, fishing, and spending time at the pool. Her grandchildren will always remember their Nanna singing “You Are My Sunshine” and the many ways in which she reminded them that they were her sunshine.

Bren had worked at Federal Mogul and most recently at the Pulaski County Surveyor’s Office. While she enjoyed her time at these jobs, her true passion was being a devoted Wife, Mother, and Nanna. Bren loved her family very much. She could light up a room with her personality and was never shy to tell you like it was. Bren will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.


She is survived by:

Brad Elston, Medaryville, IN Husband

Heather (Mike) Ross, Medaryville, IN Daughter

Bradley “Heck” (Rachel) Elston, Francesville, IN Son

Skyler Elston, Medaryville, IN Daughter

Kristin Wall Hunt, the one Bren called her adopted daughter

Trinity Ross, Granddaughter

Lyric Ross, Granddaughter

Briar Ross, Grandson

Easton Elston, Grandson

Bryntlee Elston, Granddaughter

Krystal K. Woodard, Medaryville, IN Mother

Lavon (Sidney) Dulin, Medaryville, IN Sister

Tammy (Doug) Mason, Monon, IN Sister


Ruth (Rick) Critser, Elk Horn, NE Foster Sister and Cousin

Gabby, Beloved Dog

Steve (Remi) Elston, Cheyenne, WY Brother-in-law

Scott (Claudia) Elston, Francesville, IN Brother-in-law

Bob (Cathy) Elston, Francesville, IN Brother-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews and Great Nieces and Nephews

Delores Miller, Medaryville, IN Aunt

Many Cousins


Preceded in death by:

Ernest D. Woodard, Father

Raymond and Beatrice Kors, Grandparents


Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EST Friday, February 10, 2023 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.


Memorial Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN with Pastor Tom Dewlen officiating.


Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.



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Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in

Medaryville, IN.

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