DAY, Elizabeth McCelvey "Libba"|
Elizabeth (Libba) McCelvey Day, age 87, of Austin, Texas, beautiful and beloved Mother, wife, and sister, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on June 9, 2014.
Libba was born in 1926 in Lubbock, Texas to John Alfred McCelvey and Opal Marshall McCelvey and spent her early years in Temple, Texas. As a budding journalist in Temple, she and a group of good friends researched, wrote, produced, and sold (for 3 cents) a small newspaper titled the Attic Blab and, thus, a lifelong passion for writing and sharing with others was born. It was in Temple, at the young age of 7, that she met the man she would share her life with, Fred Winfield Day, Jr. Years later in Austin they began their courtship. Theirs was a loving, devoted marriage that celebrated 62 years together.
When the family later moved to Dallas, she attended Highland Park High School and was a member of the Riding Club. It was during high school while playing violin in the orchestra that she developed a great love of music.
Since she was only sixteen when she graduated high school and her parents thought it best that she stay close to home, she attended Hockaday Junior College in Dallas before transferring to the University of Texas as a sophomore. At the University she was an English major and continued to hone her writing skills. Libba was also a Bluebonnet Belle nominee and played in the UT badminton singles finals.
As a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at UT, she served as President of the Chapter. Libba enjoyed Theta friendships throughout her life and in recent years, her Theta "Sewing Club" was near and dear to her heart and a source of meaningful friendship, great fun, joy and camaraderie, and support.
Libba was a member of the Junior League of Austin, The English Speaking Union, and Tarry House, where she and Fred loved to play tennis and entertain friends and family.
The family would like you to know that Libba was loved and cherished by her husband, four children, her four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She was treasured by her many wonderful and special friends, several of whom were from her childhood and college years, and adored by a lifetime of precious kitties who added so very much to her life. Her keen and inquisitive mind, graciousness and sparkle, fearlessness and courage added so richly to all our lives.
Grateful to have shared her life is her husband, Fred Winfield Day, Jr; her children Helen Day Ewing and husband Randolph, Elizabeth Ann Day, Barbara Day Maldonado, and Lawrence Winfield Day; her grandchildren Elaine Ewing Ver Halen and her husband Jon, Daniel Christopher Ewing, and his fiance Elizabethann DeLeon-Maestas, Jared McCelvey Ewing, and Lora Elizabeth Maldonado; and her great-grandchild Charlotte Helen Ver Halen.
She was preceded in death by her brother Robert Lee McCelvey and her beloved parents.
A celebration of her life will be held in the chapel at Weed-Corley-Fish, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas, on Friday, June 13 at 2:00 pm. Julia Walker, a longtime family friend and godmother to her granddaughter Lora, will be officiating. A private burial will be at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Deborah Garcia and all of the wonderful caregivers of Texas Homecare Partners, who took such loving and compassionate care of our Libba over the past year.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fred Winfield Day, Jr Endowed Scholarship in Architecture at the University of Texas or the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation/ Opal Marshall McCelvey scholarship or to a
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home (512) 452-8811. Online condolences can be left on Elizabeth Day's Memorial Tribute at www.wcfish.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 11 to June 14, 2014