Elizabeth “Bessie” LeFevre

Elizabeth “Bessie” LeFevre

Birth
Death 26 May 1948 (aged 70)
Burial New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, USA
Plot Section D, Lot 103/106
Memorial ID 99575731 · View Source
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MISS ELIZABETH LeFEVRE
Elizabeth LeFevre, daughter of Ralph LeFevre and Esther M. Oliver LeFevre, died Wednesday evening, May 26th, at the LeFevre residence on Elting Ave. New Paltz.
Ralph's Bessie, as she was affectionately known locally to a host of friends, was a most unusual woman. Her parents were able to give her every educational advantage, and she had the mental acumen to take full advantage of it. She prepared for college at the Normal School. She graduated from Vassar College in the Class of 1904 in which group of seniors Elizabeth LeFevre was outstanding. She wrote the senior class play which was produced by her class in its senior year, and critics were generous in their predictions of her future success in the dramatic world; but Miss Bessie elected to stand by in the family tradition and devote her life to furthering the success of her father's paper, The New Paltz Independent, until nearly three years ago when she retired because of ill health. From time to time the paper encountered opposition, but always when the decisions of fair minded critics prevailed, the literary flavor of The Independent prevailed, and "Miss Bessie" won the decision over mediocrity by the graceful, cogent flow of The Independent's composition.
In 1923 when New Paltz sponsored The Pageant of New Paltz, it was Miss Elizabeth LeFevre above everyone else, who was able to assemble the historical data, to draft it into dramatic form suitable for presentation in the bottom lands along the slow flowing Wallkill, and to stage a Pageant memorable in the annals of Ulster County.
Miss LeFevre had a disarming subtle humor, a real flair for clever head lines. She enjoyed the rifts which characterize small town country life. Her innate intellectual discernment kept The Independent abreast of the fundamental issues at stake in nation and state campaigns but held the Independent within the bounds of purely local contests. Miss LeFevre was outstanding among the administrators of country newspapers. It was she who made possible her father's completion of his book, New Paltz and Its Old Families. It was she, who in collaboration with her brother, brought The Independent to the fore among the weekly newspapers of eastern New York; and it was Miss Bessie who earned the literary accolade bestowed by connoiseurs of journalistic writing upon the editors of our country's weekly newspapers. Miss LeFevre was a woman of unusual talent. She elected to serve a comparatively small area, the portion of our country served by The New Paltz Independent, and she was eminently successful. We have a feeling that she knew this, that she derived a real satisfaction out of it, that she tingled with the thrill of real newspaper reporting well done, and that her life in a small village because of the breadth of her vision, met every demand of a personality unusually endowed and pre-eminently fitted to understand and lead people.
She is survived by her brother James O. LeFevre, three nieces, a nephew and a grand niece.
The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock on Saturday, May 29, at the V.T.Pine and Son Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gerret Wullschleger officiating. The internment will take place in the New Paltz Rural Cemetery.
New Paltz Independent May 27, 1948


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  • Created by: Haviland Heidgerd Historical Collection
  • Added: 25 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 99575731
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth “Bessie” LeFevre (12 Aug 1877–26 May 1948), Find a Grave Memorial no. 99575731, citing New Paltz Rural Cemetery, New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Haviland Heidgerd Historical Collection (contributor 47966167) .