Elizabeth Louise Peurifoy born November 19, 1918, died in Flagler Beach, Florida on Sunday December 2nd 2012. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents Lillian Scott Peurifoy and William C. Peurifoy, and three brothers, David, William and Robert. She is survived by her brother Raymond "Pat" Peurifoy of Laurinburg, NC; three nephews, Jeff, who has served as her personal representative, Edward, and Robert; and five nieces, Patricia, Rebecca, Sandra, Mary Jane and Karen Elizabeth. Being a self-made woman, Elizabeth graduated from Concord High School, Concord, NC in 1936. She earned a commercial certificate from Greensboro College in 1937. In 1942, Elizabeth joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, which later became the Women's Army Corps and finally the Army Air Force. In 1943, she attended Officer Candidate School and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant. She was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Captain. Taped interviews chronicling Elizabeth's military career are housed in the Library of Congress Veterans Project. In 1950, following her military service Elizabeth earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. In 1953, she earned a Master's Degree from Columbia Teachers College. Libby, as she is known to her multitude of friends, led a distinguished career in Education. She served with the Board of Education in Maumee, Ohio, at Columbia University while completing her Master's Degree, and at Teacher's College. She was employed for 20 years as a Pupil Personnel and Guidance Specialist in District 108 in Highland Park, Illinois. With her expertise as a teacher and her dedication to Education, Libby organized a Washington, DC tour for middle school students where she introduced them for many years to the Nation's Capitol through a living history experience. After completing her career in Education in 1978, Libby retired and relocated to Flagler Beach, Florida where she continued to share her leadership gifts. She served as President of the Flagler Woman's Club where she became a lifetime member. She was the President of the American Cancer Society for Flagler County and a member of its Board of Directors. She served multiple tenures as President of the Ocean Palm Villas North Condo Association. She actively campaigned to persuade the LPGA to select Daytona Beach as their world headquarters where it now stands today. In 2004, she was a recipient of the Leadership Award for the State of Florida presented by Enterprising Women's Leadership Institute of Florida. Always a valued friend, Libby was known for her benevolent acts as a caregiver. She provided transportation to medical appointments and respite care to overextended family members. Libby's philanthropic and charitable acts were well known by those who knew her best. Libby was an accomplished golfer and avid bridge player. She was a lifelong teacher, a groundbreaker and an encourager. All who shared her friendship were made richer by knowing her. Graveside service Saturday, December 15th 2012; 11:00 AM Carolina Memorial Park, Concord N.C., Officiating: Pastor of Discipleship Rev. L. Kim Eanes Surfside United Methodist Church, Surfside Beach S.C. In honor of Elizabeth L. Peurifoy. Donations may be made to the Building Fund, Flagler Woman's Club, PO Box 562, Flagler Beach, FL 32136. For online condolences go to:www.craigflaglerpalms.com "online obits". Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2012