"Kind words can be short and easy to speak,

but their echoes are truly endless."


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March, 2022


Dear One,

The purpose of the TouchStones Newsletter is to announce the special events or transitions that give our lives meaning. 

In this way we share with our Unity Community the news; for we can rejoice with each other, support each other in prayer and provide information to those on our Newsletter list.

If you have news you wish to share please email Unity of Prescott, 


and provide the following information:


Birth, Marriage, Anniversary, Graduation, Illness, Prayer Support, Transition, etc.


Congregant and/or individual related to congregant.


The Prayer of Faith

God is my help in every need;

God does my every hunger feed;

God walks beside me, guides my way

Through every moment of this day.

I now am wise, I now am true,

Patient and kind, and loving, too;

All things I am, can do, and be,

Through Christ the Truth, that is in me.

God is my health, I can't be sick;

God is my strength, unfailing, quick;

God is my all, I know no fear,

Since God and Love and Truth are here.

By Hannah More Kohaus

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Celebration of the Life of

Elizabeth Powell Kaites

Elizabeth was born in May 1935, in Baltimore, Maryland. She died at the age of 86 in Kaneohe, Hawaii on February 19, 2022. Elizabeth lived by the adage, paraphrased from Matthew 5:14 & 16: “Let your light so shine that others may feel your caring and see your good works and so glorify the Creator who is in everything and is everywhere.”

At seven years of age, she began attending the Presbyterian Church in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and later, was President of the Western Pennsylvania Youth. As an adult in Phoenix, Arizona, she served on the Mountain View Presbyterian Church Session and became a Synod delegate to Israel and Palestine. After retiring to Prescott, Arizona, Elizabeth and her husband, John, participated in an Abraham group of spiritual seekers for many years.

Elizabeth graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Psychology and later obtained a Master’s degree from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked as the Guidance Department Chair at Towson Senior High School, traveled nationally with Dr. Sid Wolf giving Communications Skills Workshops, had a private counseling practice, and retired from being an advisor in the graduate department at Prescott College. In 2009, she received the Outstanding Service Award in the Field of Marriage and Family Counseling from the Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

In 1957, Elizabeth married her high school sweetheart, Joe Chidester. They had four children: Joedy, Paul, Laurie, and Steve. Following a divorce, in 1976, Elizabeth met and married John Kaites. She became the loving step-mother of Mary and John (Jay). She is survived by all six children, eleven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. 

Elizabeth wrote two books: “A Common Thread: Stories of our Oneness” and “Miracle Moments of Transformation.” Her hobbies included traveling, antiquing, and photography. Before retiring, she organized and led several trips abroad. She was also an Energy-Worker who volunteered at Shanti and at a Healing Service at Unity Church in Prescott, Arizona.

Elizabeth and John added many dogs to their family, the most recent being Cammie Joy, a beautiful rescue cocker spaniel.

A memorial service will be held on April 9 at 3 pm at Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain View Presbyterian Church at 8050 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, (480) 998-1085, https://mtviewpres.org OR The Margaret T. Morris Center at 878 Sunset Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86305, (928) 445-6633, https://adultcareservices.org/mtm

For more information you may contact Joedy Hu at joedyhu11@gmail.com ; (808) 741-3088, Joedy Hu 206 Aiokoa St., Kailua, HI 96734.