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Oct 6, 2015 11:33 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Services Set For Southampton Elementary School Teacher Elisabeth Hague

Elisabeth Hague, center, with staff members dressed as characters from
Oct 7, 2015 1:48 PM

To welcome her students to a new school year, Elisabeth Hague would dress up as Wonder Woman.

Red cape and all, she helped children file into her second-grade classroom at Southampton Elementary School, getting them excited about what was to come the next 10 months.

But she was Wonder Woman to more than just her students.

This week, the Southampton School District community is remembering Ms. Hague, who died at her home in Hampton Bays on Monday, surrounded by family, due to complications from melanoma. She was 64.

Ms. Hague worked in the district for 39 years, starting her career at the intermediate school and also working as a pre-K teacher in the district before moving to the elementary school on Hampton Road.

“She was so dedicated, even after 39 years,” said her daughter, Katherine. “She was always so excited for every day.”

Ms. Hague was known for a lot of things, but being lazy was not one of them. Colleagues said she often worked around the clock, always brainstorming and brewing up ideas to make learning fun for children.

She made work fun for her fellow teachers and staff members, too, by coming up with fun Halloween costumes for them to wear.

“Liz was a dynamic personality,” said Sam Post, a pre-K teacher. “She always had a good sense of humor.”

“She had a charisma with the kids,” said Southampton Elementary School Principal Dr. Bertha “Cookie” Richard. “She set the bar very high for other teachers.”

“She just went the extra mile,” added Ann Chilicki, also a pre-K teacher. “Passion. She had passion.”

A passion for teaching, and a passion for life. Ms. Hague was also known for following a robust bucket list, and some of the items she was able to cross off included traveling the world and holding a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Her travels included Sri Lanka, Thailand, Africa, Australia and New Zealand during summers off from school, when, of course, she worked with children.

She also had quirky parts to her personality, such as not ever owning a cellphone, playing pranks on her friends and family, and writing out satirical Christmas cards.

“They were more satire and very funny, and people always looked forward to reading them every year,” said one of her sons, Jack. “She was such a good writer.”

Katherine Hague said what she admired about her mother most was that she wanted nothing but the best for her six children, even if that meant them all moving to different parts of the country and not being close to her.

“She once wrote in a letter to someone that she gave her children wings to fly and not chains to bind them to her,” she said. “She didn’t care about us being 500 miles away. She just wanted us to be happy.”

Others who knew and worked with Ms. Hague all echoed her colleagues and children.

“Her reach is so huge,” said Donna Denon, a former colleague at the Southampton School district’s pre-K. “Not just at school, but in life.”

Ms. Hague was survived by her husband of 36 years, William; six children: William of New Hampshire, Jack of New York City, Katherine of Ohio, Henry of Tennessee, Lillian of Hawaii and Celia of Niagara Falls; two sisters, Maureen and Ellen of Garden City; and many nieces and nephews.

Services for Ms. Hague will be held Thursday, October 8, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the R.J. O’Shea Funeral Home on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. The funeral will take place Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rosalie’s Catholic Church, also on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

Donations may be made in Ms. Hague’s memory to the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 1650, Mattituck, NY 11952, or online at josephjtheinertmemorialfund.org.

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By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Oct 6, 15 11:53 AM
Hi. Liz Hague is my mother and I just wanted to let you know how much my family and I loved your comment. Casey at the Bat was one of her favorites and to know that you still remember that line and applied it to this situation made us all smile, so Thanks for that!
By haguekatherine (2), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 15 8:49 PM
I had your mother as a teacher in the Intermediate School and will never forget her as a great teacher and person...I'm very sorry for your loss, but remember her always praising her children and their Irish step-dancing!...in between diagramming sentences and memorizing Casey at the Bat of course!
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Oct 20, 15 5:32 PM
So sad, she was such a warm person, so great with the kids.

By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Oct 6, 15 1:09 PM
RIP Mrs. Hague.....She was a great teacher and an asset to SES
By USCG_WIFE (6), Northern Michigan on Oct 6, 15 2:09 PM
I was blessed to call Lis my friend for 39 years. She was so spirited, enthusiastic and energetic. Although her life ended way too soon, she crammed more into her 64 years than anyone I have ever met. RIP Lis. You were loved by many and will be missed.

By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Oct 6, 15 2:34 PM
She was the most loving and special PreK teacher. So saddened by her sudden loss. Our school will not be the same without her. My heart goes out to her family
By krenski (2), southampton on Oct 6, 15 6:03 PM
A wonderful person, a joy to be around, full of love and laughter.
That's Liz, loved and remembered always. Liz made every moment count!
Miss you Liz. Sending love to your beautiful family, your legacy.
By peacemaker (23), Sag Harbor on Oct 6, 15 6:29 PM
She was a wonderful teacher. My prayers are with her family. She will be missed.
By wmh (8), WaterMill on Oct 6, 15 6:39 PM
She was a wonderful teacher. My prayers are with her family. She will be missed.
By wmh (8), WaterMill on Oct 6, 15 6:39 PM
My son had her in Pre-K and she was amazing! I am so sad to hear about her passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends and to the entire Southampton community.
By Polandspring (96), Southampton on Oct 7, 15 9:06 AM
Mrs. Hague was my sixth grade teacher. She made Harriet the Spy come alive for me and she encouraged my love of books. We never did see eye to eye on keeping a journal (my least favorite part or being in her class) Still she made learning an adventure and she refused to let me slide. (she met with my mother a lot). I am truly sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family friends and co-workers.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Oct 7, 15 2:27 PM
A day with Lis was usually like an I Love Lucy episode---fun, exhausting and full of laughs. My thoughts are with her six beautiful children and Bill. She was one of a kind, loved and will be missed.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Oct 7, 15 4:06 PM
i had her in 5th or 6th grade (mid to late 1970's) , i remember she was always nice & in recent years i always saw her walking around noontime down old town road.
By coxie1 (37), southampton on Oct 7, 15 6:47 PM