WESTFIELD – Elizabeth Wilcox, a 49-year resident of Westfield, passed away December 1, 2012 with her family by her side. A women of profound faith and caring, she gave her time, effort, and love to her family, her church, her friends, and those in her community who most needed her help.
Born in Jamaica, Queens County, NY and raised in New Hyde Park, NY, she worked in publishing in New York City before coming to Westfield in 1963 to begin a family and build a home with her Husband of 49 years, Scott Wilcox. After raising her three young children, she worked for many years at the Westfield Area Mental Health Clinic, followed by more than 10 years in the St. Mary Parish Office of Religious Education. Elizabeth was a tireless volunteer for both church and community organizations throughout her life including the Westfield Jaycee-ettes, St. Mary School PTO, the Westfield soup kitchen, the St. Mary Rosary Sodality, and the Westfield Council for the Aging – spending countless hours visiting with and offering her help and friendship to the elderly. An active member of St. Mary Parish for more than 45 years, she was a long-time Eucharistic minister and was instrumental in maintaining the St. Mary Prayer Line. Above all she loved and was loved by her family.
She is survived by her husband, Scott of Westfield; daughter and son-in-law Laura and Paul Fisher of Westfield; her son, Will Wilcox and his partner Geoff Dillard of Seattle, Washington; her son and daughter-in-law Bob and Cheryl Wilcox of Westfield, and 11 grandchildren – Gray and Hayden Fisher of Westfield, Madeline, Benjamin and Phoebe Wilcox of Seattle, and Matthew, Joseph, Sarah, Rachel, Hannah and Mary of Westfield.
The funeral service will be Thursday, December 6, at 9:30 a.m. from the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, MA, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Westfield. Calling hours will be Wednesday December 5, 2012 at the funeral home from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to St. Mary Parish, 28 Bartlett Street, Westfield, MA 01085, or the Sarah Gillette Foundation, P.O. Box 1871, Westfield, MA 01086.