Elizabeth Parker Ware, a resident of Hinsdale for 78 years, died peacefully in Moraga, California, on Thursday, February 10, at the age of 93. Born in Schenectady, New York, on October 1, 1917, Betty. Ware was the oldest of three children of Ross I. and Lois Harger Parker. She graduated in 1935 from Hinsdale Township High School, where she was the class Salutatorian. She attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1939. At DePauw she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and was named the first woman editor of The DePauw, the student newspaper. She was elected to Theta Sigma Phi, the women’s journalism society, to Mortar Board, the senior women’s honorary society, and to Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic society. On June 27, 1942, she married James R. Ware, who had graduated from Cornell University in 1937. Jim Ware worked at the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in LaGrange, Illinois, for over 40 years. He passed away in January, 2005. Betty served for several years as the first president of the Oak School PTA. and played an active leadership role in the Union Church. Her father, Ross Parker, joined the Hinsdale Golf Club in 1930, and she remained a member for over 80 years. Betty and Jim Ware were also long-time summer residents of Glen Arbor, Michigan, where they enjoyed the beautiful Glen Lake sunsets and clean air, and actively supported conservation and preservation efforts. Their family often gathered at Glen Lake for reunions, outdoor recreation, and competitive Scrabble games, at which Betty excelled. Surviving Mrs. Ware are her sister Lois Cope, of Honolulu, Hawaii, her brother Ross Parker Jr., of Sarasota, Florida, and her four children James, of Berkeley, California; Priscilla, of Riverdale, New York; Donald, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and John, of San Francisco, California and six grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 South Garfield, on Saturday, March 5, at 10:30 AM. Interment will be private at Bronswood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be sent to The Glen Lake Watershed Protection Fund, PO Box 551, Glen Arbor, MI 49636.
Source: Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 24 to Mar. 2, 2011