|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1849|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1923|
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Hays, in her 74th year, wife of Frederick W. Hays, and founder of the Children's Home, died at the family home at 1:50 o'clock Saturday afternoon. She had been in failing health for some time. Two years ago, she received a fracture of her hip in a fall and had been confined to her home practically since that time.
Mrs. Hays was born in Mercer County November 29, 1849 and was 21 years old when the family moved to Meadville. On June 12, 1873, she was married to Mr. Hays, and since that time, has made her home in this city.
A member of the First Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Hays was active in church affairs being especially interested in mission work. She was a Sunday school teacher for a number of years.
When the Spanish American War broke out, she was prominent in the organization that later grew into the Oil City chapter of the American Red Cross and served as the first treasurer of the parent organization.
Members of the Children's Aid Society ascribe to her the vision and faith back of the movement of the organization that resulted in the founding of the Children's Home.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hays leaves one son, John L. Hays, of Pittsburgh and two grandchildren.
Services in her memory will be held at the family home. The body will be taken to Meadville where the interment will be made.
The Oil City Derrick, Monday, 19 Feb 1923, p. 2, col. 2, Oil City, Pa.
Elizabeth Ida Lashells was the daughter of George Edward and Eliza Baskin Lashells, and sister of Dr. Theodore B. Lashells. Elizabeth and her husband, Frederick Hays had two children: Bessie Hays, born June 13, 1875, died March 19, 1881; and John Lashells Hays, born May 24, 1878.
Venango County, Pennsylvania: Her Pioneers and People, Chicago, J.H. Beers & Co., 1919.
George Edward Lashells (1815 - 1869)
Eliza Rhodes Baskin Lashells (1817 - 1898)
Frederick William Hays (1842 - 1927)*
Bessie Hays (1875 - 1881)*
Theodore Baskin Lashells (1839 - 1906)*
Elizabeth Ida Lashells Hays (1849 - 1923)
Plot: Sec. 8; Lot 64
Created by: Kathleen B
Record added: Nov 18, 2010
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