West Harwich: It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Elizabeth Sayre Naughton on January 5, 2021.
Born on December 16, 1933 and raised in Washington, D.C. Her parents were the late Dr. A. Nelson Sayre and May Laudenslager Sayre. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She then went on to graduate from Wellesley College in 1956 with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology.
After graduating, she moved to Cambridge, MA where she worked as a research assistant. She developed her passion for cooking while working with Julia Child. It was in Cambridge where she met her late husband, Frank U Naughton III. They were married on September 13, 1958, and moved to New Jersey. There she worked at The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, and volunteered at the American Red Cross, Christ Church Short Hills, and The Garden Club. She and Frank enjoyed many years of membership at Baltusrol Golf Club. They were blessed with two children, Stephen A. Naughton and Elizabeth H Naughton, with whom they enjoyed traveling and sharing their passions.
Liz and Frank retired to their family home in West Harwich. Liz was involved with a variety of community organizations, including St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham, Harwich Conservation Trust, Harwich Garden Club, and PEO. She enjoyed many hobbies, including sailing at Stone Horse Yacht Club, Bridge, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. Some of her passions included lobster rolls, a good book, Nature, A&W root beer floats, and the Labrador Retrievers she and my dad raised over the years. She lived and has left a treasured legacy.
Liz is survived by her son, Stephen Naughton and wife Brandy Naughton; her daughter, Elizabeth Naughton and husband Edmund Cyr; her grandchildren, Melyssa Millett, C. Nelson Millett, and Sophia Naughton, and many beloved friends.
Services will be announced as they are allowed with COVID regulations.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her memory to Harwich Conservation Trust: https://hct.ejoinme.org/MyPages/MemorialDonationPage/tabid/351614/Default.aspx
or The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills, NJ: https://hartshornarboretum.org/support/ways-to-give/
For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.