Elizabeth Ann (Studebaker) Tarrier

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Elizabeth Ann Studebaker Tarrier, 56, of Upper Arlington, Ohio passed away on June 18, 2014 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Springfield, Ohio on August 15th, 1957 to Patricia (Wood) and Dale Studebaker, Libby was one of four children. At a young age, Libby moved to Upper Arlington, Ohio with her family, where she lived until moving to Georgia for her education. She spent a short time studying at The Ohio State University before pursuing an education in Fashion Merchandising at Bauder College in Atlanta. While in Atlanta, Libby worked for The Limited. She eventually requested a transfer to Upper Arlington, where she became a Buyer for the company. It was back in Columbus that she met the love of her life, Timothy Tarrier. Married on August 29, 1987 at the Columbus Park of Roses, the couple was married for almost 27 years, and they had three children together. Throughout her 5-year battle with leukemia, Libby was proud to see all three of her children graduate from college. When her children were younger, Libby joined multiple PTO committees and served as the PTO President of Windermere Elementary School in Upper Arlington. Lovers of celebration, Libby and Tim, were extremely active in the Upper Arlington Civic Association, taking part in organizing the annual July 4th celebration for almost a decade. The couple was also active with the Columbus Museum of Art, with Libby taking a seat on The Women's Board, joining the Committee on Collections, and spending time volunteering at the Museum Cafe. Libby, along with Tim, was an open and adventurous art collector, always eager to learn and willing to take leaps to follow her passion. While in remission, Libby sought to help those who were fighting a battle similar to her own. She began volunteering at Ohio State's Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, saying "it's because of the power of prayer and the great care of my doctors that I'm doing so well today, and I have no choice but to share my experience with others." Libby and Tim also established the Tarrier Family Endowment Fund for Acute Leukemia Research in 2011. It was their hope that the fund would help find the cure for acute lymphocytic leukemia, as well as fund research for many other types of leukemia. Libby was preceded in death by her father Dale Studebaker, her grandfather Albert "Bud" Kadel and her grandmother Janet Kadel. She will be missed by many, but especially her husband of almost 27 years, Tim; her children, Chloe, T Jordan (fiancée Megan Clark), and Avery; mother and step-father, Patricia and John Wood; sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Scott Bean and their children, Alexa and Andrew; brother, Montgomery Studebaker and children, Sarah Koren (David), Caitlin, and Christian; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Carolyn Studebaker and children, Rachael Bick (Troy) and Rebekah; sister-in-law, Nikki Studebaker; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kent and Carol Tarrier; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Todd and Mary Anne Tarrier and children, Benjamin (Chelsea) and Andrew; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Tenlee Tarrier and Larry Robinson and daughter, Caroline Degg; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Tina and Joe Muscarella, and daughter, Annie. Libby was a true ray of light to all who knew her, with such a vibrant spirit and zest for life. She was a great inspiration to numerous people with her creative and talented eye, her flare for fashion, her warmth and generosity, and her love of friends and family. Libby has always been strong-willed, but in the last five years, she has proved to be an even greater example of immense strength. As a dedicated wife and mother, she loved spending time with her husband and children. She especially enjoyed sharing experiences exploring the world and providing her family with lives that were rich with culture and beauty through family travel. A true believer in the power of positivity, Libby requested she go out with a bang. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 28. For more information on the location of the celebration, please contact Tarrier.Family@gmail.com">Tarrier.Family@gmail.com">Tarrier.Family@gmail.com">Tarrier.Family@gmail.com, and a family member will gladly get in touch. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions support the work of the Tarrier Family Endowment Fund for Acute Leukemia Research at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. A check payable to "OSU Foundation" may be mailed to PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH, 43218-3112, kindly denote Fund #314525 in the memo line.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 22, 2014
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