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Elizabeth Dale de Peyster died June 25, 2012 at the age of 93. She was born November 11, 1918, the day Armistice was declared ending World War I. Dale's life began at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, where her father Commander Earle F. Johnson was Superintendent of the Aeronautical School. It was fitting that Dale herself joined the Navy WAVES in World War II. She was an officer in the first group of WAVES stationed outside the continental U.S., in Hawaii. Dale and her mother and father moved to Winnetka, Illinois, in 1919. She attended the North Shore Country Day School there, and then Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. After graduation she pursued a career using her special talents related to literature and writing. In 1946, she married Joseph Bryant de Peyster of Winnetka. Joe's career in education took the family to Kansas City, Missouri and later to Hartland, Wisconsin and Needham, Massachusetts. Dale played an active role with Joe in the founding and development of the University Lake School in Hartland. Dale and Joe enjoyed traveling that often involved camping, houseboating, and sailing. In retirement, Dale and Joe moved to John Knox Village in Orange City, Florida, where Dale continued volunteer activities in support of art, reading, literature, and libraries. She was also a creator and avid collector of miniature dollhouse furniture. Dale is survived by her three children Ann de Peyster of La Jolla California, Dr. Joseph de Peyster, Jr of DeLand, Florida, and Robert de Peyster of Belmont, California, and a brother, Robert M. Johnson, of McMinnville, Oregon. Another brother, Richard E. Johnson, died in 2011. Dale's good cheer, diplomacy, intelligence, common sense and her high regard for others will be lovingly remembered by family and friends.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 8, 2012