Elizabeth Quade Hamlyn
Elizabeth Quade Hamlyn, 100 was born July 14, 1907 above a cheese factory in Merrill.
Her family moved west to Wyoming when she was 4, living in a sod-roofed cabin. After five years, Elizabethís father gave up homesteading and eventually returned to Wisconsin, becoming a cheesemaker and settling in Kewaskum.
Elizabeth graduated in 1925 from a one-room school house, and went on to the University of Wisconsin, receiving a bachelorís degree in music in 1929.
She taught in Chilton for five years, and then attended Purdue on a fellowship.
Elizabeth loved adventure and went on several long car trips to see different parts of the country.
One summer was spent traveling with friends touring New England while selling encyclopedias to meet expenses.
When her father became ill, she returned to Kewaskum to work as a bookkeeper at her fatherís creamery. Here she met Elwyn Hamlyn, one of the farmers delivering milk to the plant. They married in 1938.
Their lives were busy with activities at the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge, as well as working at the Kewaskum Creamery and running the Hamlyn farm, two miles east of West Bend on Decorah Road.
They raised two children - Helen, born in 1940 and Ray in 1942.
Elwyn died suddenly in 1963 and Elizabeth sold the 98-year-old family farm, moved into town and worked as a librarian at the West Bend public library.
Helen married Charles Christensen, became a registered dietitian and moved to the west coast.
Ray became a physicist and also moved west. There he married Dory Harada.
Eventually Helen and Ray convinced their mom to move to Santa Cruz, Calif.
Elizabeth became actively involved in the lives of her four grandchildren, Karla, Susan and Phillip in California, and Scott in Seattle.
But she never lost her love for travel as she trotted the globe with friends and family, taking many trips to Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii as well as many parts of the U.S.
She spoke fluent German and some Italian, and learned to use e-mail to supplement her letter writing.
Elizabeth emphasized being physically active and mentally sharp, both in words and by example. She hiked and swam well into her 90s.
She delighted in meeting people and telling stories. And her many friends and family needed three parties over three days to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Her life ended peacefully on Nov. 19, 2007 in Sunnyvale, Calif., but memories of her will live on in the minds and hearts of her children, grandchildren, their spouses, her four great-granddaughters and the many relatives and friends whose lives she touched.
A memorial service has been held in Sunnyvale. Interment will be in Washington County Mem-orial Park, West Bend, in 2008 with date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the AAUW Educational Foundation Research and Projects Grant No. 4285, c/o Christensen Family, 2946 Rosemary Lane, San Jose, CA 95128.
The California Cremation Society, San Jose, assisted the family.