Elizabeth S. Day, musician

Elizabeth S. Day, a church musician and retired Baltimore County public school teacher, died March 30 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The Turners Station resident was 91.

Born Elizabeth Scott in Pleasantville, N.J., she was a 1939 graduate of Pleasantville High School.

She learned music as a child and played with the United Service Organization entertaining military personnel during World War II.

After moving to Baltimore in the early 1950s, she earned a degree in music theory at what is now Morgan State University. She taught in Baltimore County public schools, including Bear Creek Elementary and Sollers Point Senior High.

She also founded and ran the Betty Day Trio, a musical ensemble that performed at social gatherings. She also performed at the Arena Players.

Mrs. Day was a longtime member of Knox Presbyterian Church and had been its organist. She also was a founder and president of the Older Adult Ministry. She had served as a church elder, deacon and usher and belonged to the Presbyterian Women of Knox Church.

She also belonged to the Retired Teachers' Association of Baltimore County, the Iota Chapter of Lambda Kappa Mu sorority and the Penny Pals. She played in the Towson United Methodist Church handbell choir.

A memorial fund has been established in her name at the Nathan Carter School of Music at Morgan State, where she was an active alumna.

A musical tribute will be held at noon Tuesday at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Day of Baltimore; a daughter, Patricia Boatright of Harrisburg, Pa.; and five grandchildren. Her husband of nearly 45 years, Joseph Day, a trumpeter, died in 1990. A son, John Day, died in 1991.


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