Elizabeth Ann Stringer Reins Cassady passed away the evening of Jan. 29, 2013. A Gainesville native, Elizabeth was a proud Red Elephant and active in her community as a member of various social organizations.
The daughter of the late Annie Mae Hardy and Charles Clinton Stringer, Elizabeth was born in Gainesville on Nov. 15, 1934. She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1952, and married William M. Reins Jr. on June 11 of that year. She attended North Georgia College where she majored in Home Economics.
Elizabeth spent her early career as an educator. She taught at Candy Cane Kindergarten. As a member of First Baptist Church, she served as the 5-year-old Sunday school teacher and volunteered in the nursery for many years. Elizabeth was also employed as a secretary for the Gainesville Girls' Club. Following that, she worked in the optometrist office of Dr. Bobby Wright until she retired. Elizabeth married Ed Cassady on Aug. 3, 2003.
For over 50 years, Elizabeth was involved in a number of social organizations. She often served in leadership positions. She was a founding member of Dig 'N Sprig Garden Club, which began in the late 1950s. She was a past president of the Aidmore Elks Club
Auxiliary. She also belonged to Lanier Study Club and currently served as the organization's treasurer. As a member of Gainesville High Class of 1952, she helped plan reunions and participated in the close-knit group's "Fifth Tuesday" club. Elizabeth and her class celebrated their 60th reunion in 2012. She was also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
In addition to her participation in clubs and organizations, Elizabeth was a great supporter of Challenged Child and Friends, giving back to her community and continuing her belief in the importance of education for all.
In her spare time, Elizabeth was an avid gardener with a particular interest in bonsai trees. She enjoyed the fresh mountain air of Highlands, N.C., where she often visited. However, for Elizabeth Ann, there was no place like home. She loved Gainesville and the people in her community. Her considerable knowledge of the town's history and its residents was a real treasure.
The family would like to give special thanks to Juanita Muckle, Janice Williams and Patricia Forrester for taking such good care of our mother and grandmother over the past several years.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 in the chapel of the First Baptist Church on Green St. Dr. Bill Coates and Dr. Phil DeMore will officiate. The family will receive visitors in the church parlor before the service beginning at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Challenged Child, Murphy Boulevard, Gainesville, GA 30504.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Ed Cassady, Gainesville; daughter, Beth Neidenbach, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Mary Reins, Rhonert Park, Calif.; grandchildren, Libby Neidenbach, Richmond, VA, John and Patty Neidenbach, Denver, Colo., Tony Neidenbach, New York City, N.Y., and Byron Reins, Rhonert Park, Calif.; sister, Marguerite Judson, Gainesville; nieces and nephew, Lea Judson, Gainesville, Georgia Judson, Athens, Ga., and Ed Judson, Gainesville; and great-nephews, Will Hutchins, Gainesville, and Zack and Zan Judson, Gainesville.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Reins; and her son-in-law, Mickey Neidenbach.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at littledavenport.com.
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville