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A memorial service for Elizabeth Underhill Matanle Stewart, 90, who presented her homemade maple syrup to President Calvin Coolidge at the White House when she was a girl, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Circle.

The Buffalo native, who was born Elizabeth Underhill, died last Thursday (June 14, 2001) at home after a short illness. She suffered a stroke on her 90th birthday, June 5.

Her father, Clayton Underhill, was executive vice president of The Buffalo Evening News.

She was a graduate of Bennett High School and Beaver College in Pennsylvania, where she received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. After graduating from college, she married John Matanle, who died in 1940. She later married Charles Edward Stewart, who died in 1983.

Mrs. Stewart enjoyed travel, the theater and reading mystery books, particularly those by Agatha Christie. She also enjoyed entertaining friends and playing bridge and other card games. She was the second remaining member of the Apple Club, a once active social organization, at the time of her death.

She enjoyed recalling that as a girl she heard and saw airplanes training for World War I and spending summers at her family's farm in Batavia. She also recounted her meeting with Coolidge and "proudly" presenting him with the maple syrup.

Survivors include her son, Clayton Stewart of Lexington, Mass.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


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