Elizabeth Sites
1923 - 2013
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Elizabeth Putnam Riley Sites
Elizabeth Putnam Riley Sites, 89, of Easthampton, MA, formerly of Vestal, NY and Emmaus, PA, passed away on July 6, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and Phoebe the springer spaniel, after a brief illness. Mrs. Sites was born October 15, 1923 in Pittsburgh, PA to Lester Leake Riley and Eleanor Sibley Riley. She was an accomplished wife, mother of four, grandmother, brilliant and creative French teacher, rectors wife, cook, gardener, author, bridge player, and singer. She founded and gave the Smith College a cappella group, the Smithereens, its name before graduating from Smith in 1945, a name that they bear to this day. She instilled in her children and her students a love of learning, especially French. Married to the Reverend W. Kilmer Sites in 1952, she and her family moved to Vestal, NY in 1956 and became deeply involved in the community for 30 years, including founding and leading the (then) St. Andrews Episcopal Church, all while teaching and raising children. In 1986 she and Kilmer moved to Emmaus, PA, where they enjoyed many happy retirement years. Elizabeths ardent love of her alma mater, Smith College, brought her back to spend her final years in Easthampton, MA, where she often participated in Smith College events. The Smithereens have come to her home to serenade her in Easthamton. Survivors: She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Kilmer Sites of the Soldiers Home in Holyoke, MA; sons, David Sibley Sites of Nederland, CO, Peter Ritchie Sites and his longtime companion, Carolyn Bailey, of St. Croix, USVI, Jeremy Kilmer Sites, currently serving with the Peace Corps in China; a daughter, Martha Putnam Sites of Somerville, MA; a daughter-in-law, Sara-Jo Sites of Endwell, NY; her granddaughters, Margaret Elizabeth Sites Kite and her husband, Joe, and Abigail Ann Sites, all of Delaware; and several nieces and nephews. Services: A memorial service will be held at a future date. Contributions: In lieu of flowers and in Elizabeths memory, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

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Published in Morning Call on Jul. 10, 2013.
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July 15, 2013
My deepest condolences to the Sites family. May the Lord bless you with healing and peace like a river as you grieve.
Lonna Pierce
July 12, 2013
Elizabeth , May you dance and praise the LORD forever , For you now are Home . May GOD give your family comfort and strength during this time of there sadness and loss of a beautiful Lady , and joy knowing you are in GOD'S KINGDOM with our LORD FOREVER . Always With CHRIST , Jim and Dee in Bethlehem , Pa
Jim and Denise Quier
July 11, 2013
Liz and I were colleagues at Vestal High School. Having our desks next to each other in the English office allowed us to have curious conversations, belly laughs, and delightful story sharing. I am privileged to have these memories of a beautiful and kind woman.
Mary Jo Albee
mary jo albee
July 11, 2013
My family's deepest condolences. Mrs. Sites was such a lovely lady in every sense of the word, and a wonderful influence both at school and at church. She will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with your whole family at this sad time.
Janine (Dingman) Taft
July 11, 2013
Rest in eternal peace Elizabeth! I'll always hold close to our memories; the long walks, the longer talks and the belly laughs that we shared together. I'll always remember "the old shack"
May you sleep wtih the Lord, my sweet, sweet Princess...
Martin "Pebs" Lawson
July 11, 2013
Mrs. Sites was a favorite teacher at Vestal High School. Although I didn't have her in class, I remember her smiling presence in the language resource center and the encouragement she gave to all students. When I chose to attend Mount Holyoke College--another Seven Sisters school in Western Massachusetts--she was delighted on my behalf. Rev. Sites presided at my sister Anne's wedding, conducted in my parents' living room with a combined Episcopal-Jewish ritual, and Mrs. Sites was a very welcome guest at the reception. She was a lovely person in all ways, and her memory is a blessing.
Eve Levin
July 11, 2013
What a special lady Mrs. Sites was, one of my very favorite teachers. Several in our class were members of Vestal Voices, and we spent many wonderful class periods singing French songs, to her obvious delight. My heart is with you, Jeremy, Martha, and the whole family as you sing her off to her reward.
Greg Keeler
July 10, 2013
Sincerest condolences to all the members of the Sites family. I fondly remember Elizabeth's warmth and intelligence and her graciousness in inviting us all into her home and beautiful church.
Ann Lupo
July 10, 2013
Elizabeth was a wonderful woman. I have many memories of her from St. Andrews Church which will always remain very special to me. Thank you, Elizabeth for being a big part of my early years. Will see you again one day.
July 10, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our families spent many years together at St. Andrews. She was a wonderful lady and neighbor.

The Spence Family
July 10, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother.
Gary and Bobbi Zurn
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