Elizabeth D. McGown
COOPERSTOWN — Elizabeth (Bideth) Yeager Davies McGown died on Jan. 12, 2014, at Otsego Manor, where she had been a resident since Dec. 31, 2013.
She was born on Aug. 1, 1917, in Kingston, Pa., the second child of Bessie Yeager Davies and Bruce Smyth Davies.
She graduated from Forty Fort High School at the age of 16, and spent a post graduate year at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa. She attended Bucknell Junior College in Wilkes Barre, Pa. for two years. She then completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., with degrees in French and English Literature.
After graduation from Bucknell she taught at Wyoming Seminary where she met her future husband, Frederick H. McGown Jr. of Cooperstown. They were married on July 18, 1942, and moved to Cooperstown in 1948. She received certification to teach in the State of New York in 1966.
She is survived by her children, Margaret E. McGown (Mark C. Zeek), Frederick H. McGown III (Michele Walls) and Lenore McGown Defliese (Philip L. Defliese Jr.); grandchildren, Elizabeth A. McGown, David J. McGown, Emma Zeek Aronow (Howard Aronow) Stephen E. M. Zeek (Kathryn Dunkel), Amanda D. McGown, William F. Defliese and Katherine L. Defliese; and great-grandchildren, Emily McGown Carson, Tanner Colwell-McGown, Sara A. Slager, Duncan McGown Clark, Landon S. Aronow and Ella Rose McGown.
Mrs. McGown was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Bruce S. Davies Jr., her husband, Frederick H. McGown Jr. and her daughter, Harriet Waller McGown.
Mrs. McGown was active in many activities in Cooperstown. She was on the board of directors of Minnetoska Girl Scout Camp, a den mother for her son’s Cub Scout Pack, on the board of directors of the Village Library, a member of the Cooperstown Women’s Club, a member of the Otsego chapter of the DAR, a member of the Doubleday Dancers, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown. She was a substitute teacher in Cooperstown, Richfield Springs and Cherry Valley and taught the adult GED Program in Cooperstown for several years. She was also a member of the Leatherstocking Golf Course and the Cooperstown Country Club.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family requests memorial contributions to the Friends of Bassett for the cardiac care program, the First Presbyterian Church Building Maintenance Fund, or the Village Library of Cooperstown.
Arrangements are by Tillapaugh Funeral Home, Cooperstown.