Elizabeth Wachs, a Lexington woman who decided to donate her body to science because she always wanted to be a doctor, died Tuesday. She was 104.
"She lived a good life and she was ready to go," said her son, Robert Wachs.
Robert Wachs, 79, said his mother told him about 20 years ago that she would give her body to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
"She asked me what I thought, and I said, 'Mother, it's your body. You can do with it what you want to."
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In a 1993 Herald-Leader article about UK's body-bequeathal program, Mrs. Wachs said she'd wanted to go into medicine and liked the thought of helping people that way. She worked for 30 years at UK as a technician in animal nutrition.
Her son said she was healthy nearly all her life, thanks to a good diet. During World War II, mother and son tended a victory garden at Dantzler Court on the south side of town.
Mrs. Wachs was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Wachs, who died in 1979.
She lived by herself until she was 102, when she moved into a nursing home, Robert Wachs said. She traveled regularly on trips overseas.
In addition to her son, she is survived by four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Second Presbyterian Church.