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Elizabeth H. Horn

August 23, 1933 — March 22, 2023

Watkins Glen


WATKINS GLEN: died on March 22, 2023 at the age of 89.

She was born on August 23, 1933 in Philadelphia to Mabel McKay Hamilton and George Alexander Hamilton (and her elder brother, George Jr.).  After graduating from Allentown High School, Elizabeth earned a B.A. in mathematics at Vassar
College and an M.S. in education from Marywood University. She worked for a time as a statistical analyst in Agricultural Economics at the University of Idaho before turning in her professional life to more direct service to others, first as a counselor with the Pennsylvania Department of Rehabilitation, then as field director for the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and finally as executive director of Metro CareRing (now Metro Caring), an ecumenically supported emergency service for those in need in the Denver area. The recipient of many awards, Elizabeth was also appointed by several mayors, governors, and one U.S. president to serve on various committees and commissions.  

She resided in many places over her long life, including Dublin, London, Ibiza, Majorca, and Fairbanks, Alaska. She spent a month walking around Corsica, and three months touring Europe from northern Norway to Sicily. In addition to travel in Mexico City, Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Galapagos Islands, and Greece, she visited every state in the U.S. except Hawaii. A varsity lacrosse player in college, she loved racquetball, skiing, and sailing her Sunfish and Hobie Cat. She continued sewing, knitting, and refinishing old furniture into her last days.

She had three children with H. D. Rossiter, whom she married in 1956: Christina Delia, Robert Daniel, and Darien Garret. In 1986 she married the Rev. Gilbert J. Horn, a Presbyterian minister. Elizabeth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen, having served as an elder in several Presbyterian churches prior to that.

She is survived by her son Rob, her grandchildren Scott Ian and Katrina Elizabeth, her stepsons John (Janice), Gregory (Kristen), and Peter (Robyn), and her step- grandchildren Alexander, Jordan, Ava, and Brooke.

Her family will celebrate her life in a private ceremony in late summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Metro Caring in Denver.

Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

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