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MOTEN, Elizabeth Wingfield Passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 17, 2016 surrounded by her family. Born in Washington, DC on June 25, 1923 to the late James Henry Daniel and Ella (nee Johnson) Wingfield. She graduated from Dunbar H.S., and then attended West Virginia State University for a period of time. She married her husband, the late Elmore C. Moten in 1942, and they relocated to the Boston area in 1949. There, Mrs. Moten worked for the Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Company and was an active and vital member of many organizations. Her husband Elmore died in 1983. A woman of great integrity, compassion and reasoning ability, Elizabeth was a natural born leader. If she was not in charge, Elizabeth took charge. Her leadership was recognized by peers at Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, where she served as the Vice–President of the Red Cross Club. This position was the forbearer of eventual leadership roles that she accepted, particularly on behalf of her church affiliation and the elderly. In that regard, she was a fierce advocate for elderly affairs and served on the Board of Directors for ETHOS. At Church of the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth served on the Vestry, and also served on various ministries: President of the Mother's Union, Stewardship Chair Person and member of the Altar Guild. On the Diocesan Level, she was President of the Episcopal Church Women under the leadership of The Rt. Reverend Thomas Shaw, SSJE. She also served on the Board of The Boston Episcopal Charitable Society. Wherever there was a need beyond what has been mentioned, Elizabeth was always ready to offer her support with her time and or presence, gifts or financial resources. She was truly well respected and loved by all who knew her. Whether teaching an exercise class for the elderly, decorating the church altar, leading the prayers at mealtime, or celebrating holidays, weddings, and birthdays, these were all part of her family routine that she loved so much. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Charlena M. Seymour, Vera E. Moten and Abdur-Rahim Muhammad; her grandchildren, Andrew Scot Long, Alex Seymour and Shayna Seymour Carr; her great-grandchildren, Andrew Shane, Micah and Cree Long and Blake and Paige Carr; her sister, Ella Walker; and her nephew, Kim Walker, nieces, Joyce Van Brakle and Terry Jones, and many devoted friends and relatives around the country. Her life will be celebrated at a memorial service at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 525 River Street, Mattapan, MA on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, in care of The Rev. Zenetta Armstrong. For more information about Elizabeth Wingfield Moten, please view and sign the family guestbook at: www.PumphreyFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on May 15, 2016
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