A bright and breezy little woman with boundless energy and unfailing good humour, Elizabeth had many friends. She was an earnest Methodist, acting as Sunday School teacher and class leader, and was also organiser of the municipal department of the British Women’s Temperance Movement.

She was vice-president of the Liberal Association, and was involved with the YWCA and Dundee Burgh Insurance Committee. She ran her own shop, but it was for her ardent reforming ideals she was best known.  After twice standing for the Parish Council she became a councillor for Ward 2 in 1907, topping the poll; she remained until parish councils ceased to exist in 1929. While she was giving a public speech one of her fans called out “Miss Scotland for ever!” She replied: “No, no, maybe not Miss Scotland for ever,” but in fact she did not marry.

She lived in Blackness Avenue for many years, but latterly stayed with a niece in Shaftesbury Road. She died at ninety, healthy to the end.