Elizabeth Marie Dale, Teacher, Coach and Missionary, entered heaven on Sunday, Jan. 28 at age 54. The third of three children of Alfred and Katherine Dale (both deceased) Elizabeth graduated from Western Boone Jr./Sr. High School in 1982 and then from Indiana University in 1987 with a degree in Elementary Education. She was a life long resident of Boone County.
She has undoubtedly had an influence on hundreds of children in Boone County and beyond. First as a teacher at Granville Wells Elementary where she not only taught, but innovated, among other things, a Pioneer Day to help children experience some of the daily tasks of pioneer living through community members with experience and interest in butter churning, basket weaving, dancing and other skills. Her love of history fostered trips to Washington, D.C. with students and her love of reading resulted in a reading club. Coaching was another passion of Liz's and she loved putting that to work on the basketball and volleyball courts. If she couldn't coach, the Team Mom role, keeping the dugout in line, fit her fine.
As the leader of the Children's ministry at New Hope Christian Church, she nurtured a legion of volunteers both young and old to not only teach children about Jesus, but show them how to live like Jesus. Tied blankets for Riley Children's Hospital, shopping for Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoeboxes, and many other forms of community service were her tools. Under her leadership, the Vacation Bible School offered at New Hope Christ Church attracted more than 300 children to learn more about Jesus each Summer.
She was also passionate about short term mission field experiences. She has worked with teams putting together and delivering Vacation Bible School programs in Panama and Poland. She's built a house in Brazil and worked with a team delivering medical care to indigenous peoples along the Amazon River. She also worked with a partner in delivering meals through the local Shalom House ministry. Jesus said "Go" and she didn't look around to see who would volunteer, she stepped forward as His volunteer.
At Connection Pointe Academy, Liz led a Junior Kindergarten class and loved going in early and holding babies. Everywhere she went, she generously loved and had that love returned through children, her lifelong passion.
As a server and hostess at the Cracker Barrel, Whitestown, from the day it opened through the last week of her health, Liz smiled upon hundreds of guests and fellow staff members alike.
She died after several weeks of severe illness complicated by Gulliam Barre syndrome and a compromised liver condition.
She leaves behind a sister, Dr. Anita K. Dale; a brother, Michael Dale (and spouse Carrie); and nephews Colin Dale and Cody Dale; and nieces Callie Dale and Kathleen Dale.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at New Hope Christian Church, 5780 South Main St., in Whitestown. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at the church in Whitestown. Internment will take place at a later date at Old Union Cemetery, rural Jamestown. Myers Mortuary and Boone County Crematory of Lebanon have been entrusted with her care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Western Boone Education Foundation or New Hope Christian Church Mission team. Online condolences: www.myersmortuary.com
Published on January 29, 2018