Sept. 15, 1922 – July 28, 2013

Elizabeth Sheffield Webb of East Aurora, an active churchwoman and public relations director at Deaconess Hospital, died Sunday in Aurora Park Nursing Home. She was 90.

Mrs. Webb was born in Rochester, where she graduated from local schools. She then attended Mills College in Oakland, Calif., where she studied English and drama.

In 1943, she left Mills to join the war effort, working at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif., assembling bomb noses for munitions used aboard the A-26 bomber. After the war, she returned to upstate New York, where she worked in Schenectady and met her future husband, Harry C. Webb. They were married in 1946.

She was an antiques dealer, buying furniture “in the rough” and refinishing the pieces. She and her husband also bred golden retrievers during the 1960s, and some of the descendants of their “Torchlight Teddy” remain in the East Aurora area today.

In the 1960s, she also was a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in East Aurora, where she became a deaconess and an elder.

In the early 1970s, Mrs. Webb was hired as director of public relations at Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo, working with employees, management and patients.

Her husband died in 2001.

She is survived by three daughters, Melanie Gustin, Diane Turner and Wendy; and two sons, Chandler and Sheffield.

A memorial service will be held in First Presbyterian Church at a date to be determined.