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Vol. LXII, No. 52
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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Elda M. McCoy

Cornelia H. Scott

Thomas F. Huntington

Elizabeth I. Horton

Heather H. Bixby

Elda M. McCoy

Elda M. McCoy

Elda M. McCoy, 91, of Skillman died on Sunday, December 14. Prior to moving to Stonebridge five years ago, she had lived in Ewing for 29 years.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1917, she lived most of her life in Sarasota, Fla., and central New Jersey. While living in Pittsburgh with her husband, Dr. Urban McCoy, who predeceased her, she worked for some years as a cosmetics representative. She was also predeceased by her brother Vincent Miele of Bellefonte, Pa.

An active volunteer working locally with Meals on Wheels and a board member of ECHO (Ewing Elder Council Hospitality Organization), she was a painter who loved to visit art galleries and museums in New York, attend senior center classes, and travel with Elder Hostel.

She enjoyed her family most of all, and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Larry Yermack of Skillman; three grandsons and their families; and four great grandchildren. 

There will be a private family memorial service.

Donations in her memory can be made to Princeton Home Care Services-Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive in Princeton, in recognition of their valuable work in the community.

Cornelia H. Scott

Cornelia Hoeffel Scott, 71, a resident of Princeton since 1972, died December 15 at the University Medical Center at Princeton. She had been in declining health for several years.

Nina, as she was known to her family and friends, grew up in Chevy Chase, Md. She was the daughter of the late Admiral Kenneth M. Hoeffel and Mary Polk Drake Hoeffel.

Born in Los Angeles in 1937 while her father was stationed in San Diego, she also lived in Honolulu at an early age. In 1941, when then-Captain Hoeffel was transferred to Manila, the family moved to the Washington, D.C. area and ultimately to Chevy Chase. During that time, Nina received poignant and treasured letters from her father, who had surrendered the naval forces at Corregidor and had become a POW.

She attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Washington and graduated from the Shipley School and Bryn Mawr College. At Bryn Mawr, she developed a passion for acting, and continued to perform in amateur theatre for many years later when while living in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Houston, and Gladwyne, Pa.

When in good health, she loved to go swimming at the YMCA. Her greatest loves were her son, John J. (Bo) Scott Jr. and the opera. She supported the Metropolitan Opera and would attend performances whenever possible, bringing friends who shared her enjoyment. Her cherished pet, Placi the cat, would enjoy “Live at the Met” every Saturday afternoon with her.

In addition to her son John, who lives in Collegeville, Pa., she is survived by two brothers, Kenneth M. Hoeffel Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va. and Gaston Drake Hoeffel of Round Hill, Va.; and a granddaughter.

A memorial service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church on December 22.

Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Thomas F. Huntington

Thomas Foster Huntington, 88, died at his residence in Stonebridge at Montgomery, in Skillman, on December 16. Born in 1920, son of Edith Foster Chamberlin and Henry Strong Huntington II, he graduated from Asheville School, Princeton University, and Harvard Business School. His business career was varied, starting with management positions within Johnson & Johnson and later at Trans World Airlines as vice president and executive assistant to the president.

Further positions followed as president of Holmes Protection Company, president of the Buffalo Color, and treasurer and vice president of The Conference Board. Following retirement from the corporate world, Mr. Huntington consulted with owners of founder-managed businesses, addressing management and succession planning.

For 35 years, he was a trustee of Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, and for two years he was the president of the Near East College Association. At various times he was a member of the Board of Directors of John Morrell & Co., Coral Air of Saint Croix (USVI), and Hilton International Hotels. He was active in Princeton University alumni affairs, serving as Reunions “P-rade” Marshall a record 65 times. In the town of Princeton, where he lived for more than 75 years, he volunteered for the United Fund of Princeton and was an Executive Committee member of the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. Active in the environmental coalition that successfully opposed the construction of the Duck Island Incinerator in the Delaware River, he was also an avid sailor, skier, cabinetmaker, dancer, and photographer.

He is survived by his wife, Jean O’Neill Huntington; a sister, Alice Allen, of Amherst, Mass.; his daughters Ellen Slade, Wilmington, Dela., Louisa Huntington, Hopewell, and Deborah Huntington, Brooklyn, and their spouses; six grandchildren; stepchildren Henry Fischer and Cornelia Sertl; two step grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

A gathering will be held to celebrate his life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 17 at Stonebridge.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Friends of the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542 or to Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, 437 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. Arrangements were handled by Hudson Funeral Service of New Brunswick.

Elizabeth I. Horton

Elizabeth I. Horton, 92, of Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa., died November 7 at Pennswood Village. Born in Ulster, Pa., she lived from 1944 to 1982 in Princeton, where she was employed as a secretary at the Institute for Advanced Study for 37 years and was an administrative officer of the School of Historical Studies prior to her retirement.

The daughter of the late Earl T. and Marion W. Horton of Ulster, Pa., she is pre-deceased by her brother, R. A. Horton and is survived by her sister, Thomasine H. Armstrong of Pennswood Village, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Fellowship Fund of Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown Langhorne Road, Newtown, Pa. 18940. Funeral arrangements are handled by Swartz/Givnish of Newtown.

Heather H. Bixby

Heather Houghton Bixby, 65, died October 9 in Crockett, Texas. Born August 7, 1943 in Port Jefferson, N.Y. to William and Margaret Houghton, she was raised in Princeton, where she graduated from Princeton High School. She attended Juniata College, in Huntingdon, Pa., where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages; she was fluent in French and could read Russian and Spanish. She earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University. Until moving to Texas she was director of the foreign language laboratory at Juniata College.

She was married to Jeffrey Bixby for 15 years. It was his work that brought them to Texas, where she dedicated her life to working with at-risk youth.

After working at the MoKinney Job Corps for eight years, she received her LPC, and then moved to Crockett, where she was at the Crockett State School for 21 years as a caseworker and Social Service Administrator.

Survivors include her dear friend Kaye Seth, of Crockett, and a special family friend Irene Hechler, of Lawrenceville, N.J., as well as many cousins from Long Island. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband.

A memorial service was held on October 18 at the Crockett State School Gazebo in Crockett, Texas. Cremation was handled by Family Mortuary Services.

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