SUMMIT, NJ - Elizabeth (Betty) Myers Haig, a long-time resident of Summit, died peacefully on June 10, 2017, at the age of 103. She was predeceased by her husband E. Hawley Haig, and leaves her son Stephen and daughter-in-law Jean of Arlington, Massachusetts; daughter Susan Haig of Summit; grandson Tim (Christy) of Holland, Michigan; granddaughters Sarah of Boston, Massachusetts, Anne (Andrew) of Cape Town, South Africa, and Katherine of Asheville, North Carolina; and five great-grandchildren.
Born May 11, 1914, in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Betty graduated in 1936 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she rowed on the first Women's Rowing team and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity. She taught music and English in the Schwenksville, Pennsylvania schools, and led the Doylestown High School choirs from 1941 to 1944.
In 1945, Elizabeth married Hawley Haig, and joined him in Bournemouth, England, where Hawley was airport operations manager. Betty participated in a huge festival choir at London’s Royal Albert Hall for a Celebration of Victory concert, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent and Sir Adrian Boult.
Her husband's career with Martindale-Hubbell brought Betty to Summit, where she became involved in the League of Women Voters and the Summit Fair Housing Committee. Betty joined the Motet Choir at Central Presbyterian Church and assisted organist Nellie Blasius by directing the Cherub, Junior, and Boys’ Choirs for eight years.
Betty worked on the Glenwood Place housing project and the Neighborhood Council in the mid 1960s, organizing trips for groups of children to Jockey Hollow, or the “Little Train” in Essex County, or the Trailside Museum. She shared prayer and fellowship with members of Fountain Baptist Church and Wallace Chapel, became involved with NJ SANE (a citizen’s group supporting nuclear disarmament), and participated in peace marches in Washington, D.C.
Always an enthusiastic supporter of her children's musical activities, she volunteered for Young Artists Chamber Orchestra (YACO), founded and conducted by Edwin Finckel, as well as chairing the Summit Community Concerts.
In her later years, Betty hiked, swam, travelled, subscribed to the Metropolitan Opera, and cherished summer family gatherings at Mason's Island and Cape Cod. Her family is forever grateful to many ‘angel' volunteers, care staff, and live-in home health aides from SAGE ElderCare, and most thankful to Comfort Swain for the blessing of her expert loving care over the past eleven years.
A memorial celebration through word and music will take place at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit this Friday, June 16, at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Central Presbyterian Church music ministries, SAGE ElderCare (sageeldercare.org), New Jersey Peace Action (njpeaceaction.org), and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey (lwvnj.org) Education Fund will be gratefully received.