Elizabeth L. LaRue

Monday, March 26, 2007

Elizabeth Lane LaRue, 97, of New York City, died Monday evening, March 19, 2007, at the Kings Harbor Health Care Center in the Bronx, where she had resided in recent months. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28th, at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall, Missouri, under the direction of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. The Reverend Vernon Maxted will officiate.

Miss LaRue was born October 7, 1909, in Plainville, Kansas. Her parents were Major Hugh B. LaRue and Lena Ethel Rebecca Jackson LaRue. She graduated from high school in Davenport, Iowa in 1927.

Early in her career she enjoyed employment with Wolfe Brothers in Kansas City, Missouri. Afterwards, she fulfilled her dream to move to New York City. Custom hat-making was her delight. She had her own label. She worked for Bloomingdale's millinery when ladies hats were high fashion. She also had the privilege to work for Lilly Dache. With her experience in textiles and fashion, she was given the opportunity to care for period costumes in one of the Chicago museums in latter years.

Miss LaRue enjoyed excellent health throughout her life. She understood the benefits of eating such things as yogurt, properly-prepared vegetables and claimed to exercise daily with lots of stretching. Her beautiful skin, she testified, was the result of drinking "a quart of buttermilk a day," which she cultured "at home" in her Madison Avenue third-story, walk-up apartment for over forty years. She never owned nor had need to drive a car. She told of toboggan rides with her "merry little group of friends" when winter presented plenty of snow on a certain Avenue.

She was a member of the Christian Science Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents and sister, Mary Virginia LaRue Burger, and brother, Harry Newton LaRue. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial has been established and those who wish, may make a contribution payable to the Saline County Historical Society, 101 N. Lafayette, Marshall, Missouri 65340. Online condolences may be sent to www.campbell-lewis.com.

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