Elizabeth Way Long-Time Montclair Resident Succumbs at 91 Elizabeth Jean Way aged 91 died in her sleep of natural causes on August 19, 2013 in Walnut Creek at the adult care facility where she was living. Elizabeth was born in San Francisco on June 16, 1922 to Alfred and Ethelwynne Priddy. In her early years she lived on Dillon ranch operated by Miller and Lux, near Firebaugh in the San Joaquin Valley. Her father, Alfred, was an assistant foreman at the time. The family moved to Pacific Grove, California when her father was hired as superintendent of the Molera family properties in the Salinas Valley. The properties were what remained of the Molera family land grant from the King of Spain, which at one time encompassed most of the Salinas Valley. Elizabeth attended Pacific Grove High School where she was a reporter on the school newspaper, worked on the year book and was president of the debating society. Upon graduation she attended Hartnell Junior College before enrolling at the University of California Berkeley in in 1942. She was on the staff of the Daily Californian, the school newspaper, where she met her future husband, David Way. Both majored in journalism. Elizabeth and David were married in August 1943 at the chapel at Northwestern University in Chicago,which was at the time the site of the Naval Midshipmen's School. They left the chapel under the traditional arch of swords. Elizabeth returned to Berkeley to graduate in 1944. During the war years she was the city editor of the Pacific Grove Tribune while her husband was overseas. Following David's return from the Navy the family moved to Eureka where her husband found a job with the Humboldt Times and was a correspondent of the Associated Press. Elizabeth was enthusiastic, energetic and gave generously of her time to her family and the organizations to which she belonged. She served on the PTA where her children David and Andrew attended school. The family moved again when her husband was hired by Redwood Region Conservation Council as a publicist in San Francisco. The family settled in the Montclair District of Oakland. Elizabeth was an active member of the PTA at all the schools her children attended, serving as publicity chairman, treasurer and president at various times. She was also active in the Fir Branch of the Children's Hospital and was involved in organizing their annual house tours for nearly forty years. She also served as den mother as her sons progressed through Cub Scouts and on to Boy Scouts. In her spare time she taught Sunday school at the Montclair Methodist Church and was a member of the board of directors. After her divorce from David in 1986 she became a volunteer docent and liaison for receptions held at the Camron-Stanford House where she also did publicity. She was concurrently the recording secretary for the Alameda County Historical Society. Following her retirement from the Camron-Stanford House an 'Elizabeth Way Day' was proclaimed March 10, 2005 by the City Council of Oakland honoring her efforts for the city and the Camron-Stanford House Preservation Society. She is survived by her brother Charles Priddy, sons David and Alexander, six grandchildren and one great grandson. A private memorial will be held for immediate family and a few invited friends. Any donations in her memory to be sent to the Oakland Children's Hospital.
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Published in Inside Bay Area on Sept. 8, 2013