Elizabeth’s Obituary (updated)

http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/charlotte/obituary.aspx?n=elizabeth-dehority&pid=174561772&referrer=0&preview=True The Obituary Text (since links don’t last forever):

Obituary for Elizabeth DeHority

CHARLOTTE – In the early morning of April 2, Elizabeth DeHority of Charlotte died peacefully at home at the age of 48. Describing someone’s “courageous battle” with the cause of death – usually cancer – routinely appears in obituaries. In Elizabeth’s case, labeling her fight to survive invasive lobular carcinoma a “courageous battle” fails to do her justice. She fought a war, and the cancer had to take over her entire body before she finally succumbed. She fought so she could extend her marriage partnership with her husband Dixon, who stood with her through the seemingly endless rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery after surgery. Elizabeth fought to continue as a devoted mother to her five surviving children, each of them exceptional – Emily (known to her friends as Riley), Sam, Brian, Danny, and George – and to preserve the memory of her son William who preceded her in death. She fought to keep inspiring her innumerable friends and followers to live with spirituality, optimism, and social commitment. On the LinkedIn website, Elizabeth described herself as a “Homeschooling Mother,” an accurate description but one as understated as the identification he gave himself in his will as “Benjamin Franklin, printer.” Elizabeth was so much more. She was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the home she made with her parents Pat and Midge Sweeney and younger sister Jane Ghosh, her second best friend. Although she was never one to self-promote, Elizabeth distinguished herself early in her life. The University of Michigan admitted her to its Medical School directly out of high school. Medical School preceptors saw her as a potentially excellent future surgeon, but Elizabeth selected Family Practice as her path of service. She retired from active practice many years ago but continued as an informal medical adviser to dozens of followers, friends, and family members. She was a passionate religious educator, an accomplished writer and photographer, a fiber/spinning/knitting expert, an advocate for orphans and children with Down syndrome, and an adventurer who was open to any new hobby or craft. What others would see for themselves as punishments, Elizabeth welcomed as blessings. In every reversal, she found consolation. A child with Down syndrome, another with Cerebral Palsy and an obscure metabolic disorder, the death of a premature son, even the terminal cancer itself. Each presented an opportunity for Elizabeth to serve as an example and to amplify her influence on others facing similar issues. She maintained a blog titled “Keep on Spinning.” Google “Elizabeth DeHority” to see this site and other sources writing about the remarkable counsel, comfort and friendship she offered. Postings include: “The way she loves her children is magic, but the way she loves the world around her makes me want to be a better person every day”… “Thank you for making the world a better place by just being in it”… “She is fighting for more time so she can give more love”… “Her stubborn will to keep battling the cancer is only matched by the strength of her love”… “I wish I could be half the friend to you as you have been to me. ”… “Elizabeth has been my most solid Down syndrome resource from the day I met her”… “She’s mothered her children, she’s mothered us, she’s mothered hundreds of babies in orphanages”… “Elizabeth has made me brave to do hard things”… “She has sent ripples of love out into the world”… “She is the hub and we are the spokes”… By her example, Elizabeth has left a formula for each of us to achieve a full life. Her blog begins with a verse from the Bible, Philippians 4:8, which reads, in part: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, any excellence, anything worthy of praise – think about those things.” Elizabeth’s funeral is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Friday, April 10 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Charlotte. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the J.B. Tallent Funeral Home, 1937 Sharon Amity Road in Charlotte. In place of flowers, her family requests that contributions be made to Reece’s Rainbow.

3 thoughts on “Elizabeth’s Obituary (updated)

  1. I read Elizabeth’s obituary several times. I knew my friend was brilliant but I never knew just how brilliant. Elizabeth was as emotionally insightful, loving, and generous with her gifts as she was intelligent. My heart goes out to Dixon, Riley, Sam, Brian, Danny, George, Mr. And Mrs. Sweeney and Jane and her family.

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