Elizabeth DeHority
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Elizabeth DeHority CHARLOTTE - In the early morning of April 2, Elizabeth DeHority of Charlotte died peacefully at home at the age of 48. Describing someone's "courageous battle" with the cause of death usually cancer routinely appears in obituaries. In Elizabeth's case, labeling her fight to survive invasive lobular carcinoma a "courageous battle" fails to do her justice. She fought a war, and the cancer had to take over her entire body before she finally succumbed. She fought so she could extend her marriage partnership with her husband Dixon, who stood with her through the seemingly endless rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery after surgery. Elizabeth fought to continue as a devoted mother to her five surviving children, each of them exceptional Emily (known to her friends as Riley), Sam, Brian, Danny, and George and to preserve the memory of her son William who preceded her in death. She fought to keep inspiring her innumerable friends and followers to live with spirituality, optimism, and social commitment. On the LinkedIn website, Elizabeth described herself as a "Homeschooling Mother," an accurate description but one as understated as the identification he gave himself in his will as "Benjamin Franklin, printer." Elizabeth was so much more. She was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the home she made with her parents Pat and Midge Sweeney and younger sister Jane Ghosh, her second best friend. Although she was never one to self-promote, Elizabeth distinguished herself early in her life. The University of Michigan admitted her to its Medical School directly out of high school. Medical School preceptors saw her as a potentially excellent future surgeon, but Elizabeth selected Family Practice as her path of service. She retired from active practice many years ago but continued as an informal medical adviser to dozens of followers, friends, and family members. She was a passionate religious educator, an accomplished writer and photographer, a fiber/spinning/knitting expert, an advocate for orphans and children with Down syndrome, and an adventurer who was open to any new hobby or craft. What others would see for themselves as punishments, Elizabeth welcomed as blessings. In every reversal, she found consolation. A child with Down syndrome, another with Cerebral Palsy and an obscure metabolic disorder, the death of a premature son, even the terminal cancer itself. Each presented an opportunity for Elizabeth to serve as an example and to amplify her influence on others facing similar issues. She maintained a blog titled "Keep on Spinning." Google "Elizabeth DeHority" to see this site and other sources writing about the remarkable counsel, comfort and friendship she offered. Postings include: "The way she loves her children is magic, but the way she loves the world around her makes me want to be a better person every day"... "Thank you for making the world a better place by just being in it"... "She is fighting for more time so she can give more love"... "Her stubborn will to keep battling the cancer is only matched by the strength of her love"... "I wish I could be half the friend to you as you have been to me. "... "Elizabeth has been my most solid Down syndrome resource from the day I met her"... "She's mothered her children, she's mothered us, she's mothered hundreds of babies in orphanages"... "Elizabeth has made me brave to do hard things"... "She has sent ripples of love out into the world"... "She is the hub and we are the spokes"... By her example, Elizabeth has left a formula for each of us to achieve a full life. Her blog begins with a verse from the Bible, Philippians 4:8, which reads, in part: "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, any excellence, anything worthy of praise think about those things." Elizabeth's funeral is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Friday, April 10 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Charlotte. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the J.B. Tallent Funeral Home, 1937 Sharon Amity Road in Charlotte. In place of flowers, her family requests that contributions be made to Reece's Rainbow.

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Published in Charlotte Observer from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2015.
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May 4, 2015
Dr Dehority, The Lineberger family is sorry for your loss.We can do anything Please us know.Bill,Edith,Kitty Jean,Kim,Lineberger.
Billy JR ,and Johnny Lineberger
Billy and Edith Lineberger
April 20, 2015
I only knew Elizabeth through her blog, and a common interest in knitting. Her journey touched my heart. I have laughed, I have cried, and I have prayed for this extraordinary woman and her beloved family. She has touched the lives of people all over the world. A testament of a life well lived, love freely given...May you be comforted and blessed, and know you are being held by the countless prayers of all those who were touched by Elizabeth in so many ways. <3
Sue Carlile
April 19, 2015
Dixon, Midge, Pat, Jane and surviving family
We have wonderful family memories living next door to the Sweeney family in Portage, Michigan, for many years. We recognized then the exceptional God- given talents of Elizabeth. She and Dixon faced many challenges however dealing with them and pushed them further into opportunities. Her life was one of dedication and true love and service for others. We send our prayers and love to the family. She endured so much, gave so much. Jill and Bill Rex. Saint Armand's Key, FL.
April 16, 2015
I remember Elizabeth holding the hand of a very sick patient at the bedside when she was a Resident.I was a very new nurse. She was always compassionate and truly cared about her patients. We are praying for you and the entire Dehority family.
Mark W.Karriker RN
April 14, 2015
I was honored to know her a little bit. She faithfully brought her children to violin lessons and I was there to babysit the teacher's children. My heart knitted with hers from the beginning. I looked forward to those Thursdays knowing that I would get to visit with Elizabeth. She was an inspiration to me and to my daughter, Jessica - the violin teacher. My prayers are certainly with her dear family!. Blessings to all! Debra Stephenson
April 13, 2015
You've encouraged me and been such an example to me as you courageously fought this battle with cancer. I will never ever forget you and continue to pray daily for your sweet precious family.
April 12, 2015
Dear Dehority family,
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Elizabeth was an amazing women, a blessing to those around her, and a beautiful example of how to live life with joy; even in pain. We wish you all of Gods peace and blessings. You're in our prayers.

God bless,
The Ma Family
Sarah Ma
April 10, 2015
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Rev. 21:3-4
April 9, 2015
We have been blessed to have had Elizabeth as a part of our lives. We fondly look back at the times Elizabeth would visit us while attending Med School in Ann Arbor. With her kindness, knowledge, and compassion, she offered to us as new parents a glimpse of how she would conduct herself as a mother and doctor. She has a permanent place in our hearts. She will be missed, but will never be forgotten.
Joe, Cheryl, Kathryn and Ellen Brandell
April 9, 2015
I never met Elizabeth but I found her blog shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer and have followed it ever since. I will miss her. She spent so much time in Purgatory here on earth, I pray our merciful God has already welcomed her into eternal joy. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with Dixon and their children.
Emily G
April 9, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss. "Doc" Dehority you have my deepest sympathies. You and your entire family will be in my prayers. The MMC 3rd shift Radiology staff are sending our condolences to you and your family.
April 8, 2015
Elizabeth you will live on as an inspiration to me in my battle against cancer. While i never met you, i loved reading your blog with all of its candor, honesty, bravery, sincerity and beauty. You were an angel on earth and now your family has an angel always looking over them from heaven. Peace and love to your amazing family. God bless. With love, forever a FAN.
Pattie Marren
April 8, 2015
It was an honor to know you and pray for you through your blog. What is probably the hardest day of your families life is your best! Enjoy paradise and the Lord will continue to take care of your family.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (NIV)

8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Angella Bundy
April 8, 2015
I followed Elizabeth's blog and am sad I never knew her in person, though it felt like I did. I admire how strong she was through everything that came her way and that despite it all, she still thought of others first.

Elizabeth touched so many hearts. The ripples she sent out into the world are significant.

I'm wearing all my handknit socks this week for her.

Much love and prayers to the whole family.
April 8, 2015
Elizabeth was an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed by family and friends. I am sorry her Uncle Pat and I will not be able to attend the celebration of her life. Our prayers and thoughts are with all her family who were so lucky to have her as part of their lives.
Sharon Page
April 7, 2015
I never knew Elizabeth in person but came to know her from her blog. I am astounded by the way she allowed others to share in her very personal struggle with cancer. I am a mother to seven and have as my greatest fear death and leaving my children behind. What an amazing example she has set for her children in her fight for life. In "Everyone's Way of the Cross" there is a reflection on the 4th station which reads, "...To carry my cross after you, I, too, must stand and watch the sufferings of my dear ones- the heartaches, sicknesses and grief of those I love. And I must let them watch mine, too."
I guess my main message here is one of gratitude to and admiration of Elizabeth who let us be witness to her journey. I have gained strength for my own.
April 7, 2015
I enjoyed her blog so much, as a homeschooling mom. Her words encouraged me to be a better wife, mom, and homeschooler. Through her struggle with cancer, she taught me to savor every moment and to appreciate all the little things, for we never know how much time we have. She taught me to slow down and simply love my family and love them well. I think of her story when I have a mammogram and I am now just so, so thankful to hear the word "normal" after a mammogram or other medical test. I know now what a blessing it truly is to be a healthy mom. I am indebted to her for teaching me to be deeply thankful for my health.
To Dixon and the children: your mom touched many lives and made a difference to so many. She was a very special lady.
Susan Williams
April 7, 2015
I followed Elizabeth's blog from the beginning, as we have a child with Down Syndrome in our family too. I have been in awe of her from day 1, how she loved her family and babies with DS inspired me daily. I pray now that her family knows how great her impact was and can find some measure of comfort in that. She will be greatly missed by so many.
Sue Boileau
April 7, 2015
I still don't know how I came upon Elizabeth's blog. Perhaps it was one of our mutual loves; knitting, babies with Down syndrome or Cerebral Palsy, home schooling versus "school" schooling, sharing our Catholic faith, or simply living life to its fullest. Elizabeth, you were my soul sister and I already miss your words of wisdom. To say you never gave up would be the greatest understatement ever. Your courage was remarkable and I will do my best to keep on spinning in your memory. My heartfelt thanks to Dixon and kids for sharing this wonderful woman with the world. Know that God welcomed her as His daughter into everlasting life.
Shannon Radoll
April 7, 2015
I never got to meet you but I felt as if I knew you for ages. You touched my life, my soul and will remain in my thoughts for ever.
Luana Stoica
April 7, 2015
I Thank God for crossing my path in life with Elizabeth's. Because of her, 3 little boys with DS from Eastern Europe live in our home. God Bless you my precious Sister in Christ and friend.
We continue to pray for your precious family.
Elizabeth Archer
April 6, 2015
DeHority Family,
Thank you for sharing your wife and mother with complete strangers like me. I only knew her online...initially through her blog, and then personally when our son Patrick was born with Down syndrome. She sent me late night emails about hearing tests, sign languages and recommended conferences. I took all of her advice, and our son is thriving. He just celebrated his 3rd birthday. Blessings and thanks for your sacrifice. Our family is praying for yours.
Amy Hunter
April 6, 2015
I so look forward to finally meeting Elizabeth in Heaven one day, not having met her on earth except for through her blog. She truly was a servant and gift of God in the greatest definition to countless people, both on a very personal level as well as on an inspirational level and witness to those of us who only knew her through her inspiration to all persons to step up and do small things in a very great way to serve Christ by serving others. May God hold her family tightly in His arms of mercy, love, and provision until they are reunited forever in God's eternal kingdom.
Lynnette Menold
April 6, 2015
My faith, Elizabeth's faith, tells us that we all must be purged from sin to enter heaven, but Elizabeth surely spent her purgatory on earth and, I hope, is enjoying her heavenly reward. She did not receive her miracle on earth, but I believe everyone who knew her received a miracle in just knowing her, even just by her works.
Barbara Stein
April 6, 2015
I can't think of what to say...there is so much, but it is all redundant. Her obituary says it all.
Nadja Vanderstroom
April 6, 2015
I have no words, but send heartfelt hugs to Elizabeth's babies and husband.
Judith Knight
April 6, 2015
Please accept our deepest sympathy for all of the family for your loss.
Rob & Chris Wagley
April 6, 2015
Sincere prayers for the family during this time of sorrow.
(Former patient of Dr.D)
Fannie watermann
April 6, 2015
Please accept our deepest sympathy. Elizabeth was a St. Ann's mom/friend/EXCELLENT example of what it means to be a Christian. Sincerely, The Fowler Family (Dottie Sue, Tim, Garrett, Clint and Joseph)
April 6, 2015
Simple words of condolence cannot do justice in expressing the loss of Elizabeth. I have had the honor and blessing of getting to know her in the past couple years being a member of my organization, Socks for Soldiers, Inc. I have never met a person that lived her faith in such a practical daily manner as Elizabeth did. She gave and gave and gave from her heart, overflowing with boundless blessings for others. It was not enough to just give, but to give fully, exceedingly, and abundantly. Some give their minimum daily requirement. Elizabeth gave as if she were God's right hand. Indeed she was. As a knitting friend with much in common, sometimes we had small windows of time in the middle of the night where we shared quiet moments. Her concerns were never about herself, but her husband, kids, and the extended family of children she felt God had put in her path to help. I have never met a person so driven to push herself beyond her limits to carry on in her life's work as wife, mother and humanitarian. She simply would not give way to sorrow for her own health issues. She was a warrior and charged through the battles in the last year like no one I have ever met. She is my hero. I will miss her courage and never quit attitude. Though I find myself in tears knowing she is gone from this earth. I also know in my heart she is happy and healthy now. I cannot help but visualize her looking down from glory singing, "If You Could See Me Now." Rest in Peace, friend. And, can you help get that Holy Knitting Room in good shape for the rest of us? We will be along to join you shortly.
Kim Opperman, President
Socks for Soldiers, Inc
Kim Opperman
April 6, 2015
We love you Elizabeth, you have opened our hearts and shown us how to Trust in God's Will for us.
Thank you, xx
Tanya Hammond
April 5, 2015
Elizabeth was an amazing woman who touched so many of us in the special needs adoption world. She is missed by so many.
Kelly Mayr
April 5, 2015
I am a Mom of a Reeces Rainbow child and I am very grateful for all Elizabeth did to advocate for the children who are now home and children who are still waiting. She has heard the words "well done, good and faithful servant" and I can only imagine all the richness that she layed at the feet of Jesus. May God bring comfort to your family.
Heather Keno
April 5, 2015
Our daughter PJ was taught Faith Formation by Elizabeth for her First Communion Year. PJ loved EVERYTHING about "Mrs. Dehority". She loved her for her kindness, her patience, her method of teaching and last but not least the doughnuts she brought to class. And I was honored to help out in the class now and then and see Elizabeth in action. What an amazing teacher. She shared her faith in Jesus Christ with such love it was contagious. To have such a mother....what a gift.We are praying for your family. May God send His peace during this Easter Season.
Jane Pickhardt
April 5, 2015
Elizabeth will be missed love prayers
dolly gable
April 5, 2015
Love prayers Elizabeth a beautiful lady who helped so many I advocate for the orphans
dolly gable
April 5, 2015
What a wonderful gift you are to so many. May your memory live on in all who have been touched by your generous loving spirit. My sympathy to your parents and family.
Nancy Hardy
April 5, 2015
Elizabeth was a remarkable woman who left a lasting legacy. We wish the entire DeHority family peace, love and they are in our prayers.
Vladimir and Colleen Pizarev
April 5, 2015
Elizabeth will be missed by all that was touched by her love, encouragement, kindness and her strong faith.
April 5, 2015
May the sweet memories you have comfort you and give you peace during this time of grief.
Dee Overcash
April 5, 2015
Elizabeth's sojourn on this earth blessed me immensely- she will be deeply missed!

Praying for peace and strength for each member of your family as you grieve her loss. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jenna Fi
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