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“I met Terri after moving to Truro as a single parent in '94 with my two children and started attending the Methodist church there. To me, next to...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: David Nelson - Dewey, AZ - Friend

“I am so glad we had Pastor Terri when our church building was lost to fire. Without her strendth and faithful guidance, there would not be a Pilot...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Deck Crouch - Pilot Mound, IA

“Terri's hands were never idle. She always had needle work in them. Making a crocheted layette for a new mother in the church or for family or...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Susan K Hall - Gretna, NE

“We met Terri when she pastored Community of Joy in Bettendorf. She helped infuse that congregation with a loving spirit and was instrumental in our...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Mertins - West Fargo, ND

“Terri was a wonderful minister. She has time for you no matter what she was doing. I didn't know her well, but enjoyed her so much for the time I did...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Marlys Curry - Ogden, IA - Friend

“We became colleagues and friends when Terri paastored the Laurel congregation. She was always good and teasing while keeping a person honest. When...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Annette K Ruhs Kruse - Gowrie, IA

“Nancy and I had the opportunity to visit Terri a couple of years ago. Nancy often spoke of the fun, excitement and thrill of spending time with her...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Joe Bradley - Seneca Falls, NY

“She was special, and help me though rough times and I always will remember her as having a direct line to father above. May she rest inpeace and be...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Jeffery Laughlin - Davenport, IA

“I am, for now, parted from my dear friend. You who are her family and freinds are in my...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Marjorie M. Bradshaw - Osceola, IA


Rev. Terri Lin Elder, 66, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 8, 2016, at her home.

Terri's wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016, at the Pilot Mound United Methodist Church. Burial will be held at a later date. For online obituaries and condolences please visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com

Terri Lin Elder was born on December 22, 1949, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Edwin and Evelyn (Petersen) Elder.

Terri graduated with the Plattsburgh High School class of 1968, Plattsburgh, New York. She later graduated from Henderson County Jr. College in Texas, in 1977, and from Oakland City College, Oakland, Indiana, in 1981. She went on to receive two Masters Degrees from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, graduating in 1986. She was ordained an Elder in June of 1992

Rev. Elder served as Pastor of the United Methodist Church in the communities of Laurel, IA, Fenton/Cylinder, IA, Truro/Peru, IA, Boxholm/Pilot Mound, IA, Community of Joy in Bettendorf, IA, and Epworth, IA. She retired in March of 2006, and moved to Des Moines to help with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, LuAnna Lynch of Des Moines, Iowa, Guy "Ed" Lynch of Des Moines, Iowa, Andrew (Staci) Lynch of Wichita, Kansas, and Jo (Jim Culler) Lynch of Ankeny, Iowa; five grandchildren, Madi, Cheyenne, Guy Edwin Jr., Mikey, and Elliana; her brother-in-law, Joe Bradley of New York; two sisters, Susan (Mike) Hall of Nebraska, and Sally (Gary) Teeman of Kansas; and her step-brother, Randy Jones of Iowa.

Terri was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Nancy Bradley.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.