|Death: ||Oct. 13, 1990|
Rhode Island, USA
A French dress collector who married Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. who ran Firestone Tires.
Herald & Review 10/15/1990
Elizabeth Parke Firestone, 93,a Decatur native and widow of industrialist Harvey S.Firestone, Jr. died Saturday at Newport hospital in Newport,R.I.
Firestone was the daughter of the late Guy James Parke and the late Gertrude Chambers Parke of Decatur.She was the sister of the late William Chambers Parke and of the late Gertrude Parke Cruikshank. She is survived by two daughters,Anne Ball and Martha Ford, who is married to William Clay Ford of the Ford Motor Co, Fords. A son Harvey S Firestone III, died in 1960 and a daughter, Elizabeth Firestone Willis,died in 1989.
Elizabeth Firestone attended Leeds school in England and Rosemary Hall, Greenwich, Conn. and graduated from Miss Wheelers School in Providence, R. I.
Her husband died in 1973. He served as director, as chairman of the board and as chief executive officer of the Firstone Tire and Rubber Co.
Firestone met her husband at a party in Washington ,D.c. and married him in what was called "the most brilliant and most beautiful wedding ever held in Decatur" in June 1921 at St. Johns Episcopal church. For their wedding trip,the couple went to Banff, Alberta, Canada and Lake Louise. Following the trip they camped with President and Mrs.Warren G Harding,Mr.and Mrs. Thomas Edison, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford and Bishop and Mrs.Anderson of Cinnatti.
In the mid 1920s Firestone accompanied her husband on a tour of the Phillippine Island, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java,Sarawak,Ceylon and Liberia to study the growing of rubber and determine the most suitable region for its production. As a result of his investigations, Liberia was selected as the country in which an American rubber plantation could be established.
To Commemorate their 40th wedding anniversary, the Firestones gave a 135 car parking lot to St. Johns. The lot was on the site of the old Park warehouse.
Firestone was a patron and honorary trustee of the Founderys Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts. She was a conniosseur of art with a special interest in the 18th century French Art. In 1932 her portrait was one of many in an exhibit by artist Philip A.De Laszlo to open in Knoedler Galleries, N. Y. Proceeds from the showing of the portraits were New Yorks unemployment fund.
Services 11 am Tuesday Trinity Lutheran church, Newport. Burial Columbiana cemetery,Ohio. Memorials: Newport Preservation Society or World U.S.O.
Obituary furnished by Janet Donner (bio by: janet donner)
Guy James Parke (1866 - 1965)
Gertrude Chambers Parke (1867 - 1945)
Harvey S. Firestone (1898 - 1973)*
Elizabeth Firestone Willis (1922 - 1989)*
Martha Parke Firestone Ford (1925 - ____)*
Harvey Samuel Firestone (1930 - 1960)*
Anne Idabelle Firestone Ball (1933 - 2013)*
Elizabeth Parke Firestone (1897 - 1990)
William Chambers Parke (1901 - 1984)*
Gertrude Parke Cruikshank (1902 - 1944)*
Created by: The Mystery Man
Record added: Sep 16, 2006
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