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Eloise 'Midge' Hackworth, longtime West Seneca reading teacher

March 3, 1927 - July 7, 2017

Eloise "Midge" Hackworth, a remedial reading teacher in the West Seneca Central School District for 23 years, died Friday at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo after a short illness. She was 90.

Born as Eloise Griffiths in Oak Hill, Ohio, Mrs. Hackworth lived most of her life in Williamsville.

Before moving to the Buffalo area, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from Ohio University in 1951. In 1974, she received a master's degree in elementary remedial education from the University at Buffalo.

After working as a teacher in Ohio for several years, Mrs. Hackworth was a remedial reading teacher in the West Seneca Central School District from 1972 to 1995, when she retired.

During her career with West Seneca, the district awarded her a certificate for outstanding achievements and contributions in education in 1983. Seven years later, the West Seneca Teachers Association recognized her for 25 years of distinguished service in education.

She was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, a supporter of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Albright-Knox Art Gallery and a lover of travel and antiques.

Mrs. Hackworth was predeceased by her husband, James Vaughn Hackworth, who died on Feb. 21, 2014. They married in Oak Hill, Ohio, on April 11, 1953.

She is survived by her daughter Pamela, of Hamburg; sons Bruce and Jeff, of Redding, Conn., and New York City, respectively; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 13 at the Williamsville United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Hackworth was a longtime parishioner. She will be buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo.

Charitable donations in her memory may be made to P.E.O. Foundation, Treasurer's Department, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312.

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