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Elsie P. Flachs '51

Elsie Parkhurst Booth Flachs of Cheyney, PA, age 86, passed away on Feb. 28, 2014. Elsie was born on May 31, 1927. A 50-year resident of Cheyney, she was raised in East Haven, Conn., and was the daughter of Dorothy MacIntyre and Charles Edwin Booth. She was married to Dr. Norman Flachs, who pre-deceased her in 1993. An accomplished swimmer and pianist, a fierce intellectual and ardent reader over a broad range of subjects, Elsie had attended Hamden Hall Country Day School in Connecticut and Antioch College in Ohio. As an avid animal lover and environmentalist, she instilled these qualities in her children and grandchildren. She was a lifelong supporter of the SPCA, the Thornton Burgess Society and numerous other charitable organizations. She spent years fighting excessive development in Thornbury Township, and preserved her five-acre property with an easement granted to the Brandywine Trust. A retired school bus driver for the Krapf Company, she was active at the West Chester Senior Center, where she enjoyed yoga. Elsie is survived by her four children, Holly Flachs of Philadelphia, Charles Flachs and his wife Rose Marie Flachs of South Hadley, Mass., Jeremy Flachs and his wife Elizabeth Hernandez Flachs of Alexandria, Va., and Joel Flachs and his wife La Fang Flachs of Elverson. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Katharine Wojnowich, Andrew Flachs, Connie Flachs, Nathaniel Flachs, Amarantha Flachs and George Flachs. Elsie was a generous, loving and caring person who will be dearly missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the SPCA.