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Elinor Hay

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GEORGETOWN Elinor Moore (Chaney) Hay, 90, wife of Meddis Reid Hay, passed away at home under the care of Hospice of the Bluegrass on June 23rd, 2014. She was born August 13, 1923 in Three Springs, Hart County, Kentucky to the late Van Easton Chaney and Mary Emma (Slaughter) Chaney. She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lucy Catherine Chaney and by her brother, Thomas Fields "TF" Chaney. Elinor is survived by her husband of sixty-six years, Meddis Reid Hay, brother James Easton "Jim" Chaney of Hardyville, Kentucky, and by three sons: Dr. Mark Hay of Atlanta, Kim (Laura) Hay of Louisville and Eric (Marianne) Hay of Louisville; and six grandchildren: Jennifer (Lennon) Rodgers MD, Hunter Hay, John-Easton Hay, Kyle Hay, Easton Hay, and Maggie Hay, and one great-grandchild, Silas Rodgers. Elinor obtained her bachelor degree from WKU, masters degree from UK in Home Economics and completed additional course work at the University of Tennessee. Her teaching career began in a one room school in Center Point, Kentucky during WWII where she lodged with a student's family and traveled home on weekends by horseback. She initially taught high school in Southern, IL, became a UK Extension Agent in Scott County, Kentucky and taught Home Economics at Scott County High. She retired as Chairman of Home Economics at Georgetown College in 1984, where she taught early childhood development, foods, nutrition, textiles and family living for men. She was an excellent cook and spoiled her husband and sons. Elinor served as President of: the Scott County Teachers Association, Kentucky Home Economics Association, Kentucky Association for Children Under Six (KACUS), Woman's Association of Georgetown College and was Secretary of the Southern Association for Children Under Six (SACUS). She was a member of the Kentucky Child Development Task Force. At Georgetown Baptist Church, Elinor served on the Youth, Personnel, House and Pastor Search committees and was a Sunday School Teacher. She was a member for 60+ years. She played a key role in starting early childhood daycare at the church and in the community. Elinor's substantial spirit of caring, confidence, generosity and energy lives on in her three sons, who adored her, and in the hundreds of her students who considered Elinor a role model, gaining practical homemaking skills to serve their families and communities. Visitation will be at Johnson's Funeral Home, 641 S. Broadway, Georgetown, KY, Thursday, June 26th, from 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 27th at 11am at Georgetown Baptist Church, 207 S. Hamilton St, Georgetown, KY. Burial will be at Georgetown Cemetery. Condolences may be made online at
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 25, 2014
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