Elizabeth Hood Blinn was born in Starkville, Mississippi, on December 3, 1973. After a lengthy battle with brain cancer she passed away in Calvary Hospital Hospice, Brooklyn, New York, on September 13, 2017. She was 43 years old.
Elizabeth graduated from Starkville High School in 1992 as Class Salutitorian. She attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Russian with a minor in English and additional studies in French. She graduated from Georgetown in 1996 with Highest Honors as Valedictorian and Class Marshall of the School of Languages and Linguistics.
While in high school, Elizabeth performed in many plays and musicals. She worked for six months as a Senate Page for Senator Thad Cochran in Washington, D.C.. She also was Starkville's Junior Miss/Outstanding Young Woman of the Year. While at Georgetown, she was Concert Master of the Georgetown Symphony. She spent a semester in Russia at St. Petersburg University studying Russian language and teaching English as a Second Language.
Upon graduating from Georgetown she worked as a legal assistant for the international law firm of Arnold and Porter. She then moved to New York City where she established her own business as a freelance writer before being offered a full time position with the corporate offices of Macy's as Creative Copy Editor/Writer. After several years she was employed at the corporate level by Limited Brands, Inc. first with their Bath & Body Works company and later with Victoria's Secret as their Associate Content Director until her death.
Throughout her lifetime Elizabeth remained committed to her love of music, theatre, art, and the written and spoken word. She participated for several years in the Summer Scholars Program at MSU, first as a student and, later, as a staff member. She continued to actively participate in music and the arts both in Washington, D.C. and in New York City.
Elizabeth was a person who truly believed in living life to the fullest. She had friends from all walks of life, an eclectic group of unique individuals who, especially after her diagnosis of brain cancer, provided her with unlimited love, encouragement and support.
Elizabeth is survived by her beloved husband, Creighton Blinn of Brooklyn, NY; her parents, Dr. Bill and Billie Lane Hood of Starkville, MS; her aunts, uncles, and cousins, and her many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Chief B. S. and Juel Hood of Starkville, MS, and Robert (Obera) Williams and Elnora Taylor Williams, all of Louisville, MS.
A memorial service will be held for Elizabeth on Saturday, November 18, 2017, in the main sanctuary of Starkville First Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM followed by the service at 11:00 AM. There will be no graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Elizabeth Hood Catelinet Blinn to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - P.O. Box 5028 - Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028 (Website: giving.mskcc.org
); Calvary Hospital Hospice - 150 55th Street - Brooklyn, NY 11220; Brooklyn Animal Action (Website: brooklynanimalaction.org/donate
); or to the charity of your choice