Wellsville, NY - Elaine A. Nye, 64, of 3495 North Drive passed away on Monday, October 19, 2009 at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital in Buffalo after suffering a stroke on October 15th. She was born on January 15, 1945 in Warren, PA the daughter of Clayton and Mildred (Carlson) Armstrong. On August 6, 1966 in Warren she married Robert G. Nye III who predeceased her on October 9, 2002.
Elaine was raised in Star Brick, PA and was a graduate of Warren High School. She received a BS from Edinboro State College and a Masters in Math Education from SUNY Buffalo in 1971.
She formerly taught for the Kenmore, Iroquois and Wellsville School Districts. She was currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Alfred State College. At Alfred she served on several committees and was nominated for the Freshman Advocate Award, the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges in 1998 and 2003. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Wellsville; where she served on a variety of committees including co-chairman of the Harvest Dinner. She will be remembered for her love of playing Bridge and her knitting.
She is survived buy two sons, David M. Nye of Atlanta, GA and John R. (Shawnna) Nye of Liverpool, NY, one daughter, Stacy (James) Coles of Buffalo and was affectionately known as Nana to her three grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kelcei Coles and Finley Nye. She is also survived by two brothers, Gerald Armstrong of Indiana and Jack Armstrong of California as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Marilyn Ramsdell.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will be on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 11:00 am at the First Congregational Church, 289 N. Main Street in Wellsville with Rev. Victor Metevier and Rev. William Jones presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations to the David A. Howe Public Library, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Wellsville First Congregational Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.