Elizabeth Tobey Edwards, 77, was born to Willard H. and Pauline Powell Tobey on May 29, 1935 in Billings, Mont. and passed away on Oct. 10, 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.
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Elizabeth enjoyed adventures in many locations. She spent her childhood years on farms near Sheridan and Bozeman. At a young age, she became fascinated with birds and that passion created many hours of joy. Recently, she delighted in frequent visits from a falcon that perched on her railing and kept her company.
During her teenage years, Elizabeth was a competitive golfer in local and state tournaments. She graduated from Gallatin County High School in Bozeman in 1953 then earned her bachelor's degree from Montana State College in 1957. On many occasions, she returned to Bozeman to celebrate with her classmates.
She married John Robert Edwards II in June 1957. They later divorced. Because John was a career Air Force officer, the family moved often. One of the memorable locations was Hawaii where she was employed by Sea Life Park.
Elizabeth moved to Tucson in 1978 and earned her MSW degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. She worked for a number of hospitals and found a focus for her proficiency as a psychotherapist at Southern Arizona Mental Health Corporation where she performed individual and group counseling.
She was an excellent bridge player and an enthusiastic member of a book club. Through these interests she nurtured many close friendships. She also loved leisurely visits with family and kept in touch with her many cousins. She possessed a keen curiosity and subsequent knowledge which inspired lively conversations.
Elizabeth is survived by her two sons, John Robert Edwards III and William Tobey Edwards of Tucson, Ariz.; her sister, Janet Bierrum and companion, Herb McAllister of Kalispell, Mont.; her nephew Christopher Bierrum of Seattle, Wash.; and a large extended family of cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held in Tucson at a later date.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 28, 2012