Elsie Mace Daugherty, 77 - Spencer

Elsie Mace Daugherty, 77, of Spencer passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, at Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

Born May 5, 1928, in Spencer, Elsie was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin "Frank" and Bessie Schoolcraft Mace. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Virgil E. Daugherty, who passed away in June of 2004. Also preceding her were a sister, Frankie Jones Greathouse, and a nephew, Steven A. Jones.

Surviving Elsie are two nieces, Judith K. and Catherine J. Nichols, both of Spencer, and a nephew, John Jones of Roseboro, N.C.

Elsie was a lifelong resident of Spencer and graduated from Spencer High School in 1946. She was an active member of the SHS Alumni Association. She was retired from Kellwood Company, Spencer, where she worked from 1948 until her retirement in 1990. She was a member of the Spencer City Council with over 20 years of service. She was first elected and began serving in July 1985. Elsie was Spencer City Recorder for eight years and was recently elected to another four-year term. She also was a member of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and was named Roane County Citizen of the Year in 1999. She was also a member of the city of Spencer Development Authority, was active in the West Virginia Black Walnut Festival and wrote a weekly column for Spencer Newspapers.

Elsie was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Elsie was a very caring and giving person and always wanted to help those around her. She loved cooking and being the best hostess. She provided a warm, dry home and lots of food for hundreds of visitors during the Black Walnut Festival Grand Parade each year. Elsie was the kind of citizen every community needs and was a wonderful public servant who cared about the community she called home. Elsie received the WSAZ-TV Hometown Hero Award in October of this year. She was a great American.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Michael King officiating. Spencer Mayor Terry Williams will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Looney Cemetery, Walton.

Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Roane County Scholarship Fund, c/o Paul Hughes, P.O. Box 609, Spencer, WV 25276.