Re­mem­ber­ing fam­ily and friends

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Saratoga Springs, NY– El­iz­a­beth J. Hodges, 96, passed away on Novem­ber 10, 2019 at Wes­ley Health Care Cen­ter. She was born in Wilton, NY on June 19, 1923 to the late Clarence Col­lamer Smith and Nora Carr.

El­iz­a­beth spent sev­eral years work­ing in the bak­ery and deli at Cen­tral Mar­kets on Rail­road Place fol­lowed by many years as a book­keeper at the Carl Com­pany Depart­ment Store in Wilton. How­ever, she was most proud of the time she spent rais­ing her chil­dren.

She had a pro­found in­ter­est in hu­man re­la­tions and peo­ple, es­pe­cially her fam­ily and clos­est friends. El­iz­a­beth loved get­ting to­gether with fam­ily; many of these gath­er­ings were pool­side, and she con­trib­uted to a pri­vate in-ground back­yard pool with div­ing board at her grand­chil­dren’s house which brought un­par­al­leled joy to fam­ily, friends, adults and the many chil­dren who par­tic­i­pated in this pas­time from the first warm days in late May un­til the wan­ing days of sum­mer. It be­came the in­dis­putable cen­ter­piece of fam­ily hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions and cook­outs from Me­mo­rial Day to La­bor Day. These were some of the best years of her and her fam­ily’s lives. It’s an un­der­state­ment that she en­joyed be­ing out­side, swim­ming, and sun bathing. She also loved to travel and would fre­quently head south with good friends to warm and sunny weather in Florida or the Caroli­nas in the win­ter. El­iz­a­beth also wasn’t afraid to shop. She would never pass up an op­por­tu­nity to stop in Macy’s or Boscov’s and the ob­ject of her pur­chases was al­ways for her fam­ily, es­pe­cially her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. Keep­ing with her love for be­ing out­side, El­iz­a­beth truly loved at­tend­ing on a daily ba­sis dur­ing her re­tire­ment the back­stretch at Saratoga Race Track, with a NYRA per­mit sticker on her car, es­pe­cially ac­com­pa­nied by her grand­chil­dren and a few se­lect friends. She was well known to the back­stretch se­cu­rity! She could also be seen stop­ping fre­quently at Brueg­ger’s Bagels on Broad­way. When El­iz­a­beth wasn’t out­side, and es­pe­cially dur­ing the years rais­ing her young chil­dren, she en­joyed watch­ing the To­day Pro­gram al­most from its in­cep­tion in 1952, as well as later Regis and Kathie Lee, even­tu­ally Regis and Kelly and also Wheel of For­tune dur­ing her re­tire­ment.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, El­iz­a­beth is pre­de­ceased by her hus­band Dou­glas A. Hodges, sis­ters Dorothy Smith and Ruth Ella Smith Pierce, and daugh­ter Donna Marie Free­bern (the wife of James C. Free­bern), and her grand­son Jonathan Col­lamer Free­bern.

Sur­vivors in­clude her son Den­nis Hodges, grand­son Justin Chase Free­bern and his wife Laura and their chil­dren, El­iz­a­beth’s great-grand­chil­dren, Jonathan and Carter Free­bern, all of Saratoga Springs.

In her later years, El­iz­a­beth was in debt to the skilled nurses and cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tants at Wes­ley Health Care Cen­ter; and in her fi­nal weeks found great com­fort in Hos­pice.

A fu­neral home ser­vice will be cel­e­brated at 6 p.m. on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 14, 2019 at Wil­liam J. Burke & Sons Fu­neral Home, 628 North Broad­way, Saratoga Springs. Burial will be pri­vate. On­line re­mem­brances may be made at www.


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