Melba Janice Wood Elmendorf

                    September 24, 1940  -  October 29, 2009





Life Legacy


Melba Janice Wood Elmendorf "Turtle", "Niecey", of San Antonio, passed away October 29, 2009.

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, September 24, 1940, she was the daughter of James Cranford Wood and Aleen Estelle Key Wood. She graduated from Calhoun County High School, in Port Lavaca, Texas.

Janice worked for Garrett Air Research and Hughes Aircraft Company as an executive secretary while bring up two sons on her own.

Janice was a beautiful and stylish lady who had a zest for life and great sense of humor. She was married to Dr. Hugo Elmendorf Jr. and supported him in his professional and Aggie affiliations. They enjoyed traveling, including Europe, their favorite destination being Germany. She was a gourmet cook who orchestrated many social and all family gatherings.

She was dedicated to her family and most particularly her mother, Aleen, to whom she gave loving care in the last years of her life. She enjoyed weekly lunches with her sister, Kay and niece, Stephanie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugo Frederick Elmendorf, Jr., M.D.

Janice is survived by her sons, James William Harris Virginia and Jeffery David Harris of San Antonio; sister, Kay Pearl James of San Antonio; step-children, H.F. "Hoagy" Elmendorf III Minnie of San Antonio, Heda Elmendorf Hahn Gregory and Gail Elmendorf LeClercq of Dallas, Jennifer Elmendorf-Lehman Jim of Bulverde and Gregory Travis Elmendorf Agnes of Boerne; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and dogs Pussy Cat and Ebony and cat Willie.

Those who desire may send flowers to Porter Loring or make contributions in her honor to the Texas A&M Foundation, Hugo F. Elmendorf, Jr., M.D.'44 Scholarship established in 2006 by his children to honor him and his commitment to education, 401 George Bush Dr, College Station, TX, 77840.





Born: September 24, 1940

Place of Birth: Corpus Christi, TX

Death: October 29, 2009


This memorial provided by:
Porter Loring Funeral Home
SAN ANTONIO, TX