Eunice Elizabeth Hoyt Dayton was born March 4, 1919 on the family farm north of Kaneville, IL to J. Walter and Lou Humiston Hoyt. Her interest in agriculture and farming continued throughout her life, and on April 23, 1943 she was married to Walter (Jim) Dayton. They farmed in the Kaneville area until Jim's passing on April 5, 1951.
Eunice attended the Hoyt School and Kaneville Schools. She attended Northern Illinois Teacher's College and received her teaching certificate. She taught both in a one room school and in Batavia Elementary School. Eunice and her son Ron moved to live with her father, J. Walter Hoyt in Elburn in 1953. She worked for a number of years at the Kane County Farm Service as secretary to the manager, Mr. George Peters. During this time she returned to teaching at Kaneville Elementary School and returned to her studies. She obtained her Master's Degree in Library Science from National College and went on to take the position of head librarian for the Kaneland schools. She also served one year as interim principal of Maple Park Elementary School. In 1981, she retired and became a resident of the Holmstad in Batavia, IL. She was so very happy there and gained many wonderful friends.
In August of 2002 Eunice graced her son Ron with the privilege of making her home with him and his wife, Alma, at their Cambridge, WI home. She passed away peacefully in the presence of her family at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Center on Saturday, January 25, 2003.
Eunice's greatest joy was for their son, Ronald Jay Dayton, who with his wife, Alma, and their family survive her. In addition to Ronald and Alma she is survived by six grandchildren: Rebekah Lee (Ben) Dayton Kohli of Cambridge, WI, Sarah Elizabeth and Benjamin James-Robert Dayton, both of Cambridge, Angela (Darius) Granquist Sarhaddi of Mesa, AZ, Richard Michael Granquist of Bloomington, IN and Andrew Craig Granquist (and his fiancee, Yvonne Walters) of LaCrosse, WI. She also took great joy in the arrival of a new great-grandchild, Katelyn Elizabeth Sarhaddi. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law: Virginia Hoyt of DeKalb, IL, formerly of Elburn; Myrtie (Harold) Dayton Podschwit of Hinckley, IL; Mary Dayton Gee of Elburn, IL; one brother-in-law, Charles (Liz) Dayton of Arkdale, WI; many nieces and nephews; as well as one special nephew, Robert Landers (Jane) Hoyt of Menomonie, WI.
Those preceding Eunice in death were her parents, her husband and three brothers: Merritt H., J. Norris and Robert Hoyt and one brother-in-law, Richard Gee.
All of her family and all who became a part of her family she deeply loved.
She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Geneva, IL. Lovingly with expressed desire, purpose and grace, before her son and daughter-in-law, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in November 2002.
Her love and passions were for her faith, her family, those she loved, life on the farm, horses, travel, her books, her reading, her Cubs (and Dodgers) family and community history and her own beloved community and schools.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2003 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. Private family burial will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at the Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville, IL.
As requested by Eunice, memorial gifts in her name may be directed to the Kaneville Public Library, Kaneland Elementary Schools, First Church of Christ Scientist of Geneva, the Don and Marilyn Anderson Dane County Hospice Center of Fitchburg, WI or the Evangel Life Center, Madison, WI. They may be mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.
Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Apr 01, 2003
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