DEWITTVILLE - El-izabeth C. Alday, 98, of Centralia Hartfield Road, Dewittville, died Tuesday (Dec. 24, 2013) in Absolut at Westfield.
She was born Sept. 22, 1915, in Dewittville, N.Y., the daughter of the late H. Burton and Elizabeth Lemke Case.
Elizabeth graduated from Mayville High School in 1932, Fredonia State Teachers College where she received her bachelor's degree in education in 1936, Syracuse University where she earned a master's degree in reading education and advanced education with supervision. She also attended New York University and State Teachers College at Buffalo. Following graduation she taught in the Dean Rural School for one year; then taught fourth grade in Mayville Central School, sixth grade in Chautauqua Ce-tral School, and was Elementary Coordinator and Curriculum Coordinator K-12 for many years in the Falconer Schools. She was instrumental in starting the first Head Start program, preschool classes, as well as the first classes for handicapped children in Falcon-er.
Elizabeth was a lifelong member of the Mayville United Methodist Church, an 83 year member of the Chautauqua and the New York State Grange, a 64 year member of the Acanthus Order of the Eastern Star's Chapter 127, Acacia Chapter 96 Order of Eastern Star's, NEA and New York State Teachers Associations, American As-sociation of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma of which she was a Past President and Teacher of the Year in 1980, Mayville Senior Citizens, and had been named Resident of the Month in November 2013 at Absolut at Westfield.
Elizabeth enjoyed traveling, cross country skiing and playing the violin. She had many fine friends throughout the years. Her words of advice are "develop as many friends as you can."
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur W. Alday whom she married Oct. 22, 1944, in Mayville, and who died Jan. 5, 1993; one sister, Eva Dufault; two brothers, Carl V. Case and Wilhelm Case, who lost his life in WWII.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 11, 2014) in the Mayville United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mark Parsons will officiate. Burial will be in the Bemus Point Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Mayville United Methodist Church, the Hartfield Fire Department Rescue Squad, or a charity of choice.
The Freay Funeral Home in Mayville is in charge of arrangements.
You can leave a remembrance to the family by going to www.freayfuneralhome.com.