Elizabeth Driggs Haight, 88, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2021. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Elizabeth’s life was full and surrounded by the love of many. Born in East Hartford, CT, Elizabeth spent her early years involved in many school activities such as music, clubs, leadership, and sports. Pegged as “a sweet and charming lass” by her high school classmates, Elizabeth, or Betty as she was known in her youth, was beloved by all. After high school, Betty ventured off to Frederick, Maryland to attend Hood College where she earned a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education. While at Hood, Betty met her husband of 67 years, Craig Alan Haight, through a blind date arranged by their college roommates. Elizabeth and Craig were married in 1954, and she gracefully assumed the life of a minister’s wife.
Serving on various church committees and singing in several choirs, Elizabeth gave of her time and talents without trepidation. She also cherished a career for many years as a preschool teacher, as well as Director in several schools associated with United Methodist churches. Her love of 3 & 4-year-old children was exhibited through her creativity and patience.
Elizabeth’s other passions include being a member and past president of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for several decades. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization focused on furthering the education of women. She was also a volunteer for the Ulster County Literacy Association and served on the New Paltz Town Board of Assessments for many years.
Elizabeth and Craig raised four children, David (Audra) Haight, Deborah Haight Elliott, Susan (Rodney) Dibble and Linda (Sande) Ferrante. Their unconditional love and support for their children is evidenced by the various paths and talents their children chose in adulthood. Elizabeth’s propensity for achievement, service, and happiness is passed down for generations to come.
Elizabeth was the existential grandmother and great grandmother. Her legacy was perpetuated through eight (8) grandchildren, Brittany (Rob) Lomuscio, Nicole (Joe) Foti, Matthew (Kristen) Dibble, Kristin Ferrante (Robert Marmolejo), John (Julie) Ferrante, Dylan Elliott, Sean Elliott and Jillyan (Addison) Hull. Elizabeth’s greatest joy and fulfillment came when she became a great-grandmother seven years ago when her first great-grandchild was born, Elizabeth Foti. Since then, seven more great-grandchildren blessed her world, Kinsley Lomuscio (5), Joseph Foti (4), Kyle Dibble (4), Karliegh Lomuscio (2), Isabelle Dibble (1) and Casey Lomuscio (2 mos), as well as Baby Boy Marmolejo due in May 2022.
As a longtime resident of Woodland Pond in New Paltz, Elizabeth remained active in volunteer work as well as extracurricular activities such as the Woodland Pondaliers choir and Employee Recognition Committee up until a few months ago. She has been admired by many for her kind demeanor, interest in others, and true love for her family, and will be missed.
All are welcome to share in a celebration of her life on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at the Reformed Church of New Paltz beginning with calling hours 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. followed by a service of Christian Remembrance at 3 p.m.
Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following entities are suggested:
P.E.O. Education Scholarship: Mail check to Kym Tiffany 11 Cliff View Lane, Gardiner, NY 12525
Ulster County Literacy Association: Home | ULA (ulsterliteracy.org)
Twice Blessed, Reformed Church of New Paltz: Twice Blessed – REFORMED CHURCH OF NEW PALTZ 92 HUGUENOT ST. – NEW PALTZ, NY (845) 255-6340