Marsha L. Browne
Dear Nancy, Mark, and Colleen,
Your dear sister was an awfully good friend--I am going to miss her terribly. I already feel the sting of knowing she's not going to read anything else I ever write, and that makes me sad, indeed.
Please know that she was dearly loved by me, and when she spoke of you, it was always with kindness and love.
No matter the time of year, Christmas filled Liz's apartment. Her Charlie Brown tree, decorated in ornaments safe for little kids' fingers, stayed up all year. The Santa salt and pepper shakers sprinkled good cheer on even left-overs. The red and green quilt promised a cozy atmosphere. But it was Liz herself who personified the season of giving and a time of new promise. She was a gift to the world. I miss her.
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia
Liz was a fierce and loyal friend, and a lover of words, whether she was reading them or writing them herself. She edited my book for me with clarity and love. And because she taught me so well about book proposals, I've been able to teach others.
To a sister of the heart, rest in peace.
Over these past several months, as I have followed the email updates provided by Zita and others regarding Liz's battle for life, one memory keeps returning to me. This memory is of improvised skit that Liz organized in the ampitheatre outside Skidmore's Case Center during 2007 IWWG Summer Conference. Liz did this without any prompting, suggesting by example (the quality of a true leader!) a way for all of us to both use our time wisely and creatively, and to inject that necessary mirth into our daily doings. Through Liz we were granted a moment of opportunity to laugh at ourselves and to gain the strength required to continue the search for those often elusive, difficult words with which we tell our stories. That to me is the Liz Moment: the mirth and the daring to look at ourselves and not be afraid. Thankyou, Liz! May your soul continue its journey on this bright, open path. May we, your family and friends, console ourselves at this time with the generosity which your warm spirit so clearly exemplified.
Liz' familiar face and encouraging words will be sorely missed at the IWWG Skidmore Annual Conference. I'm happy to have known her and benefitted from her class.
I'll miss your big laugh, your straight-shooting honesty, your clear teaching, your irreverence. I'm glad to have known you and wish I'd known you better.