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 firstname.lastname@example.org ; (808) 741-3088, Joedy Hu 206 Aiokoa St., Kailua, HI 96734.