Elizabeth C. "Betty" Daly, nee Ogden, of Naples, Fl, formerly of Collinsville, Il, age 79, passed away on June 17, 2014. She was born December 2, 1934 in Galesburg, Il.
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Betty was a homemaker, raising 4 children, before owning and managing Fox Run Nursery, a landscape nursery and landscape design business in Troy, manager of retail sales store at St. Clair Square, was a wholesale beer and liquor representative for several local distributors (was known as "the Moosehead Lady"), and was a paralegal secretary and office manager for Gnavi Law Offices, P.C.
Betty was heavily involved in volunteer work and with local organizations. She co-founded the first book fair for children in Collinsville, was a founder and past president and general manager of Miners Institute Foundation to preserve the historical building and Collinsville legacy, was a chairperson of the Collinsville Italian fest for several years and was the general chairperson of the fest in 1987, was an organizer and chairperson of the Horseradish Festival for several years, was co-owner and general manager of Gaslight bath and Tennis Club several years, and solely organized "townhall meetings" at the Miners to discuss local politics.
She was vibrant, strong willed, and so full of life. Her passions were traveling, music, sailing, gardening/landscaping and reading.
She was predeceased by her parents, Claire and Reta nee Amato Ogden, brother David Ogden, and sister Peggy, ex-husband Bill Daly, and grandson Kody Graham.
She is survived by her children Linda (Gene) Graham, Diane (Rob) Marco, James (Tamm) Daly, and Susan (John) Meyer, ex daughter in law Leslie Lynn, grandsons Robert and Bryan (Angela) Marco, Joshua Meyer, and Andrew and Joseph Daly, and great grandsons Ezekiel Graham, Bryan Marco Jr., Charles Marco, Henry Marco, step great grandson Anthony Morris-Funston, and her lifelong special friends Mick Gnavi.
A Remembrance/ Memorial to Betty/Celebration of her Life will be held at Mick Gnavi's open house at 320 Chesapeake Lane, Collinsville on Sunday, June 29, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Causal dress or tropical attire.
Memorials may be made in her honor to Alzheimers Assn, Miners Institute, or National Conservation Assn.
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from June 18 to June 19, 2014