Earla Sue McNaull
Earla Sue McNaull, 78, of Trumansburg, NY passed late Saturday evening, December 10, 2016 at home in the hands of her loving daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth, and husband, Colin. Earla Sue was a Trumansburg resident for the last 5 ½ years. She had moved from Hinesburg, Vermont where she lived for 34 years. The young children were brought up in Stamford, Connecticut, Tuckahoe, NY, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Portsmouth Rhode Island.
She was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Earle Clyde Smith and Jacquelyn Leone Keifer.Earla Sue was a modern Renaissance woman with a zest for travel that took us to every continent but Antarctica. Starting in 1974 with a six week family trip all over the United states and most National Parks, continuing with an adventure almost every year afterwards, including England, Scotland, backpacking in Hawaii, hiking the Inca trail in Peru, Patagonia, the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, the Routeburn Pass in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, the Hole in the Wall in WY (by horseback), horseback camping with her cousins in Idaho, Cape Breton, an adult children family backpacking trip in Alaska, and many other adventures far and wide too numerous to list.
Earla Sue generously volunteered her time, starting as a Girl Scout Leader when her children were young, then onto being a book sale coordinator starting in Hinesburg, VT, continuing that in Trumansburg. She also volunteered her time at Hospice, (in VT & NY), Trumansburg Garden Club, her Church Vestry, Library Board of Trustees, the Cornell Lab of O backyard bird monitoring, and teaching English as a second language.
ES was a teacher, avid library board member, former dragon boat crew member, fierce defender of social justice issues long before it was the "right thing" to be, friend of animals, baker extraordinaire, hiker in far corners of the earth, always a gracious lady and so much more. We will miss her presence among us.
A memorial service will be held January 14 at The Church of the Epiphany in Trumansburg at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to "The Tush Fund" c/o The Church of the Epiphany, Elm Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886, The Ulysses Philomathic Library, 74 East Main Street, Trumansburg, NY, or to a charity of your choice