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Liz Carpenter Obituary
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August 28, 2014
In the 1940s, Liz befriended the young Midwestern reporter for whom I was named. Her influence radiated out in many directions and in many places, more than can be imagined.

I admired her example, her writing, her words. I like to re-read her books. I also enjoyed her reminiscences of President Johnson that I listened to on the computer.

Jean Van Evera
June 25, 2011
Lis Sutherland Carpenter was a wonderful inspiration for all women who stretch the barriers that life puts on us to remain individuals and true to our dreams. God Bless her and you Christy Carpenter for your beautiful eulogy to your mom and guding light. Elsie Sutherland Rast Stuart Rogers.
March 30, 2010
What a great woman and so much fun. The time I spent campaigning with Liz when Ann Richards ran for State Treasurer was a highlight. Two of the most treasured and brainy women ever. And how wonderful that they were friends and both hailed from their beloved Texas and took no prisoners at home or anywhere else. And met all adversity with wit and dazzling sense of humor and humanity. Lovingly, Lily
March 29, 2010
As mentioned in another entry, I had the great fortune to survive “boot camp” as one of Liz’s long stream of assistants. It was around the time the Berlin Wall came down, Ann ran for governor the first time and so many other historic events. Evening conversations at Liz’s couldn’t have been more lively, a bubbling conjecturing of history-in-the-making. More than being privy to this amazing backdrop, I was blessed to have been inspired and influenced by Liz - “warts and all” (which she used to great effect to get as much done as she did). There was nothing like having this bodacious Texas grande dame who had worked under LBJ expect more from you than you could humanly deliver. It was do or die. But she made lunch for the two of us whenever she was in town, insisted on that cookie for dessert and, at least in a plea to get me to return in the Fall, “loved me like her own”. Not long after, I told her how grateful I was to have worked for her, that I felt that I could now work in the White House – to which she replied, “You HAVE!” She had high expectations of the people she kept company with as well. Her guests were to be smart, witty, entertaining, full of news, willing to sing a song, play an instrument, recite a poem or contribute to the good times of the group in some way. Above all, you had to be a “Do’er”. Her friends, especially the GBAT’s, were as deeply loyal as she was and she was truly blessed to have had them in her life.

So many amazing stories, lines and memories! I am thankful to have been in her wake and to Christy and Scott for sharing their mother with all of us.
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