MINTER--Elizabeth Willis, passed away at home on May 30, 2012. Elizabeth was born and raised in Bronxville, New York and graduated from Bronxville High School in 2009. Those lucky enough to have had Elizabeth touch their lives would describe her as charismatic, sparkly, sassy, courageous, caring and fun loving. Her life was short but rich. Whether she was building a home for a family in Nicaragua or selling cosmetics to fashionistas, people were drawn to her. Her inner beauty, love of life and humor brought people of all ages together. As a result of having two superstar athletic older brothers she hit a tennis ball like no one's business, landing her on the high school Varsity tennis team in seventh grade and captain in her senior year. Elizabeth attended Denison University, and quickly found a new home with her sorority sisters at Pi Beta Phi. On December 30, 2010, she learned that she suffered from a rare form of brain cancer, gliomatosiscerebri. After her diagnosis, her zest for life continued unabated. Elizabeth remained steadfastly connected through Facebook and her blog on Caringbridge. During her illness, Elizabeth did not think about Elizabeth, she thought about others and how she could make a difference for those similarly situated. In 2011 along with her parents and Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield, a research scientist as well as neurosurgeon at Weill Cornell Medical Center, she founded "Elizabeth's Hope". This fund supports ground breaking research to help find a cure for pediatric brain tumors. The fund has already raised over $500,000. Elizabeth is survived by her parents, Emma Hill and Michael Minter, two brothers, Trey and Will Minter, as well as her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Willis Hill, her paternal grandparents Clifford and Elsie Minter, other extended family and countless friends. Services will be held on Wednesday June 6 at 11am at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. Donations may be made in Elizabeth's honor to "Elizabeth's Hope" (elizabethshope.com) and Jansen Hospice (jansenhospice.org).
Published in The New York Times on June 3, 2012