Elizabeth will be missed by many

Rick and Kathy Brewer have been dealt a huge blow this week, when daughter Elizabeth “EB” passed away.

The many people who knew Elizabeth are mourning this loss as well. She was a pleasure to be around.

“It is with a sad and very heavy heart I need to inform you that at 3:25 this morning my daughter Elizabeth was called back to the loving hands of our Lord,” Rick wrote on Facebook this week. “She was with us 37 years. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed being alive and with her friends and with her family. Even though she had Down Syndrome, she was an exceptional lady. EVERYONE loved EB. Thank you for all the prayers we received in the last 10 days. The prayers helped sustain us through the long hours in the hospital. We, her family and friends, need your prayers now more than ever. My heart is broken and I grieve for the loss of my daughter. I still have Mary Kathryn and Kathy, but I am in pain.”

I myself have seen Elizabeth at different functions over the years but never got to know her until son Jamie and I started attending the JC’s Coffee House functions on the Lighthouse Christian Center’s campus recently. He even got to dance with her a couple of times and enjoyed that.

Elizabeth had a bubbly personality, dance moves and most of all a heart of gold, which we have found out but learned more about by reading numerous comments on Facebook. She also sang as she came from a very musical background.

In talking with Elizabeth a number of times, I learned that she loved to write. She was also the one who informed me that Persons Centered Services was moving into the old Early Bird offices on Sebring-Warner Road.

A message from the Darke County Developmental Disabilities read, in part: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we say good-bye to our dear friend. Elizabeth was known by many and loved by all. She loved to sing and dance; she loved children and taking selfies and had a hug for everyone! She was a long-time self-advocate for people with disabilities. She brought love and joy to everything she did and to everyone she met. Rest in peace, Elizabeth, and know that we will continue to do your good work.”

Here is yet another social media message: “Person Centered Services is saddened by the sudden passing of Elizabeth. In 2016, PCS and the Darke County Board of DD began a transitional partnership of the day habilitation and workshop, and the first person to welcome our company was Elizabeth. Known by many as ‘EB’, Elizabeth was not only a valued employee at the workshop, but a superstar as an advocate for the disabled. Her weekly newscast on the center’s Facebook page became a popular post, and her devotion to the local Aktion Club demonstrated her passion to speak on behalf of individuals with disabilities.”

What a tribute to one special lady! She touched our hearts, and we will all miss you. Rest in peace, Elizabeth.

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Please pray for these people: Danny Brown, Neal Gray, Gary Thompson, Terri Hunt, Ruth Deal, Jack Hale, Jessi Klosterman, Marilyn Peterson, Jack Good, Mary Faller, Gruff Billenstein, Mary Ullery, Larry Badger, Wayne Neal, Bill Schellenbarg, Martha Higgins, Scott Clark, Duke Temple, Paulette (Swab) Shields, Neil Isch, Larry Hummel, Phyllis Turner, Kerry Young, Dale Clark, Judi Peters, Linda Birt Schaffer, Herbert Bayman, Adam Ullery, Vicky Henderson, Don Hittle, Emily Moody, Tonya Thompson, Roger McEowen, Becky Garrett-Ross, Tom Brumbaugh, Darcy Buckingham, Roger Tingley, Ron Kaffenberger, Crew Neaves, Jackson Stout, Katie Rehmert, Shannon Peters Hall, Alayna Marie Brantley, Sherri Gibbons Feitshans, Irma Stewart, Chuck Davis, Dawn Oldiges, Don Booker, Tracy Pratt, Brenda “Bill” Riffell, Jim Marker, Mike Grillot, Mason Osterloh, Kyndal Wynk, Ron Kreitzer, Stacy Dorko, Keith Starks, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Al Bliss, Layna Best, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Shelly Hoffman, David Magoto, Pappy Harshman, Bob Hiestand Jr., Rodney Hiestand, Tina Kiser Deaton, Kody Ketring, Lois Hittle, Kevin Hemmerich, Samantha Smith, Tim Heck and Ron Kramer.

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Jamie and I send our condolences to the families of: Elizabeth Brewer, Cody Burelison, Sherry Dapore Parker, Glenna Howard, Shelba Fitzgerald, Esther Clark, John Neff, Shirley Westfall, Ray Eby, Tyrone Wolter, Alex Cameron Gunckle, and Buddy Sink

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Happy Birthday:

Dec. 13 to Becky Oliver, Daryl Riffle, Ralph Helmer Jr., twins Demi and Dani Hathaway, Paul Wood, Aaron Byrd, Dave Acton and Jorden Price-Hart.

Dec. 14 to Mary Bryant Arnett, Missy Widener, Rob Moody, Connie Michael, Don Leis, Hope Gates, Hunter Buckingham, Carolyn Fourman, Vickie Brinley and Vicky Ahlering-Flory.

Dec. 15 to Vanna Hannan, Todd Klipstine, Makayla Stachler, Larry Hummel, Les Crowell, Floyd Fourman and Kent Kimmel.

Dec. 16 to Jenny Hamilton and Michael Maloney.

Dec. 17 to Debra Sawle, Sharon Maloy, Anne Brumbaugh, Janet Grimes, Ashley Dakin, Erica Brown, Kaleb Earick, Lyn Downey, Dakota Lester and Sue Jenkins.

Dec. 18 to Cynthia Aukerman, Danny Garber, Steve Bricker, Dusty Hathaway and Ginger Sowry.

Dec. 19 to June Baker, Ben Bucholtz, Kerry Young, Robyn Studabaker, Manual Macias, Marlene McGlinch, Gary Hemmerich, Anna Myers, Donna Peters and Aliana Clymer.

Dec. 20 to Mark Henderson, Rick Alexander, Kevin Oliver, Jeff Campbell, twins Emma and Ava Erwin, Nellie Reier, Kathy Middleton Dapore and Heidi Linebaugh.

Dec. 21 to Karen Baker, Dr. Carlos Menendez and Scott Kitchen.

Dec. 22 to Rosemary Nelson, Logan Moody, Sonnie Hartrum and David Schlechty.

Dec. 23 to Bub Johnson, Ed Kress, Vic Yagle, Garth Knick, Martha Singleman, John Dirksen, Barbara Wilson, Olivia Daugherty, Arianna Caixba, Kyle Wentworth and T.J. Burden.

Dec. 24 to Cindy Burk, Tim Heck, Charles Prasuhn, Jamie Husted, Lance Bartram, Marilynne McClanahan and Rick Macias.

Dec. 25 to Jesus Christ, Chris Hawkey, Cheri Antrobus-Davis, Connie Stachler and Carol Schuh.

Dec. 26 to Kelly Fliehman, Karen Hecht, Mackenzie Stucke, Matt Duncan, Terry Curtis, Mark Hierholzer and Molly Walls.

Happy belated birthday to Amy Harris on Dec. 7.

Happy anniversary to: Larry and Karen Duncan and Vicky and Gary Henderson, all on Dec. 13; Ryan and Mindy Berry on Dec. 14; Tony and Luann Lindamood on Dec. 17; Lance and Stephanie Clark on Dec. 18; Richard and Judy Ray on Dec. 19; and Terry and Donna Black on Dec. 21.

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