Elizabeth Wingfield Moten of Mattapan and Oak Bluffs died peacefully on Sunday, April 17 surrounded by her family. She was 92.

Born in Washington D.C. on June 25, 1923 to the late James Henry Daniel and Ella (Johnson) Wingfield, she graduated from Dunbar High School and then attended West Virginia State University for a period of time. She married her husband, the late Elmore C. Moten, in 1942 and they relocated to the Boston area in 1949. There Elizabeth worked for Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Company and before retiring held the position of senior statistical plans analyst. She was an active and vital member of many civic and charitable organizations.

A woman of great integrity, compassion and reasoning ability, Elizabeth was a natural born leader. If she was not in charge, she took charge. Her leadership was recognized by peers in high school, where she served as vice president of the Red Cross Club, an organization devoted to patriotism and services in times of need or disaster to the nation, community, home, or neighbors. This position was the forbearer of eventual leadership roles that Elizabeth accepted, particularly on behalf of her church affiliation and the elderly. In that regard, she was a fierce advocate for elderly affairs and served on the board of directors for ETHOS, an organization that promotes the independence, dignity, and wellbeing of the elderly and disabled.

Elizabeth served on the vestry, the church’s legal decision-making body, at Church of Holy Spirit in Mattapan. She also served on various ministries: she was president of the Mother’s Union, stewardship chairperson, and member of the altar guild, with a special focus on adorning the altar with vegetables on Harvest Sunday, poinsettias on Christmas eve and day and lilies on Easter. On the diocesan level she was president of the Episcopal Church Women under the leadership of The Rt. Reverend Thomas Shaw SSJE, former Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts (deceased). She also served on the board of the Boston Episcopal Charitable Society.

Elizabeth loved to spend time with family and friends on Martha’s Vineyard. She and her husband Elmore purchased a home in Oak Bluffs during the 1950s that started a landslide of regular visits by relatives and friends to the Island. She had special recipes for baked lobster stuffing and oyster fritters. Over the years her family celebrated her birthday at her daughter’s home in Oak Bluffs with great fun and food.

Wherever there was a need, Elizabeth was always ready to offer support with her time, presence, gifts or financial resources. She was truly well-respected and loved by all who knew her. Teaching an exercise class for the elderly, decorating the church altar, leading the prayers at mealtime, and celebrating holidays, weddings, and birthdays were all part of her family routine that she loved so much.

Her husband Elmore died in 1983. Elizabeth leaves to cherish her memory her children Charlena M. Seymour, Vera E. Moten and Abdur-Rahim Muhammad; her grandchildren, Andrew Scot Long, Alex Seymour and Shayna Seymour Carr; her great-grandchildren, Andrew Shane, Micah and Cree Long and Blake and Paige Carr; her sister, Ella Walker; her nephew, Kim Walke; her nieces Joyce Van Brakle and Terry Jones; and many devoted friends and relatives around the country.

Her life will be celebrated at a memorial service at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 525 River Street in Mattapan, on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in care of Rev. Zenetta Armstrong. For more information or to sign an online guestbook, visit pumphreyfuneralhome.com.