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WYCHE, Elizabeth Adair ELIZABETH "BESS" ADAIR WYCHE Elizabeth "Bess" Adair Wyche, 28, of Atlanta and Washington, DC, died peacefully on October 11, 2012, with her loving family at her side. In her short, yet significant life, she had a remarkable influence on the world around her. Those who knew Bess and loved her, as well as numerous others who witnessed her courageous battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia the past 21 months, were profoundly touched at every turn by her grace, dignity and determination as she fought for life. It was a testament to her spirit, as well as their extraordinary dedication and expertise, that her doctors and nurses from George Washington University, MD Anderson and Emory University hospitals followed her journey. Bess was born in Atlanta on April 9, 1984, the first child of Ellen Adair Coe and Henry McKemie Wyche, and the loving older sister of, Henry "Hank" McKemie Wyche, Jr. and Gordon Roberts Wyche. From an early age, Bess exhibited a winsome spirit and enthusiasm for life, radiating poise beyond her years. She had a wonderful sense of humor, warmth and sincere interest in others. As a tinsel adorned angel in a Christmas pageant or statuesque soloist at her high school graduation, her twinkling eyes and radiant smile beamed her exuberance for life. A genuine people person, Bess drew others to her and enjoyed a wide circle of friends and admirers of all ages. Bess was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, where she sang in the youth choir and devoted herself to mission work in Honduras and Scotland. She attended Sarah Smith Elementary, Saint Francis Day School, Pace Academy and graduated from the Galloway School. She was a dedicated basketball player throughout her school years, using her 6' height to advantage. Bess was also a leader: she achieved the coveted Girl Scout Gold Award for excellence, and was elected an officer of the 2004 Atlanta Debutante Club. Bess enjoyed summers with her grandparents and numerous cousins, swimming and eating crabs on the dock at their home on Pensacola Bay, and waterskiing and roasting s'mores at their cabin on Clarks Hill Lake. She enjoyed the outdoors and was passionate about her family history as a descendent of some of the early families of Georgia and Northwest Florida. Bess left a lasting impact on all who knew her at Hollins University. She graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in Visual Studies and Art History and played varsity volleyball. A talented printmaker, she curated an exhibition of original print work by fellow students. She ignited a love of cooking when she studied in France, and honed her public relations skills when she interned for the Montel Williams Show in New York. She read widely and was an engaging writer. After graduation, Bess moved to Washington, DC, taking great pride in her work with Pebblebrook Hotel Trust as Executive Assistant to the CFO. She was a member of the Junior League of Washington and docent at the Corcoran Gallery. In recent years she developed an interest in the status of women around the world and was poised to do bold things. The music of her sweet voice and ready laugh will vibrate in the memory of her aunts, uncles and cousins, including, Frank and Barbara Wyche Marxer and David and Caroline Wyche McLean of Atlanta; Baker and Marguerite Wyche of Greenville, SC.; and Angela Coe Sherrill, Jimmy and Sally Coe, and Martin and Toni Coe of Pensacola, Florida. Her adoring grandparents, James Mansfield and Ellen Martin Coe of Pensacola, Florida, and Madison Baker and Merle McKemie Wyche of Elberton, Georgia, all preceded her in death. To honor Bess, a service in celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday evening, October 15, from 5 - 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hollins University, 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24019, or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® National Capital Area Chapter, 5845 Richmond Highway, Suite 800, Alexandria VA 22303
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2012
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