|Birth: ||May 27, 1909|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 2004|
LONGMEADOW - Elizabeth Holmes (Erwin) Alden, 95, a resident of Longmeadow since 1941, died at Baystate Medical Center on Wednesday November 24, 2004. She was born in Dallas, TX, on May 27, 1909 the daughter of the late William M. and Emma E. (Holmes) Erwin. Mrs. Alden was the widow of the late Reginald J. Alden who died in 1985, who was the nephew of James Naismith (inventor of basketball). She was the granddaughter of the late Rev. David Holmes, a Methodist minister on a Cherokee Indian Reservation in Oklahoma. Rev Holmes was the cousin of Oliver Wendell Holmes (writer). Mrs. Alden was the daughter-in-law of the late Arthur O. and Bessie (Sherman) Alden. She received her Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1931, and obtained a Masters in Education from Springfield College. While attending the University of Texas she was a sorority member of PHI MU. During the 1930's she served in Washington on the staff of Texas Congressman Sumner. Mrs. Alden retired from full time teaching in the Stratford, CT School System in 1975. She also was a substitute teacher in the Springfield School System. Mrs. Alden was a member of the Springfield Garden Club, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Longmeadow and was also a member of the Lunch Bunch of the church. She leaves her son John David Alden of Longmeadow, a niece, Virginia Sumners of Austin, TX, a nephew, Tom Mings of Houston, TX, and several great-nieces and nephews. Mrs. Alden was predeceased by a brother, Holmes T. Erwin, and four sisters, Eunice Bliss, Marion Erwin, Genevieve Leeper and Evelyn Mings. The funeral for Elizabeth will take place Monday November 29, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Andrews Church, 335 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow. Interment will follow in Longmeadow Cemetery , Williams St., Longmeadow. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Baystate Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 50 Maple St. P.O. Box 9058 Springfield, MA 01102.
Reginald J Alden (____ - 1985)*
Created by: Angie Robinson
Record added: Nov 25, 2010
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