Elizabeth S. Halpin
- - Elizabeth S. Halpin, wife of the late James E. Halpin, passed away peacefully at home on July 3 following a courageous battle with cancer. Elizabeth, known as Liz to her many friends, showed the determination and drive in life and spirit that was her hallmark until her final days. Liz is survived by her three children and their spouses, Margaret (Jonathan) Dohnalek, Barbara (Steve) Ingham, and James E. Halpin, Jr, "Jay" (Ellie), and three grandchildren (Grace A. Ingham, James E. Halpin III, and E. Claire Halpin) .
Liz was born in Hartley, Iowa on May 6, 1933, the daughter of Rufus Martin Sheldon and Margaret Anderson Sheldon. She grew up in Iowa, and graduated with a degree in Experimental Foods from Iowa State University. She married James E. Halpin, (Jim) in July 1955, and the couple proceeded to Mexico and later to South America while Jim worked for the Rockefeller Foundation. Following the birth of twin daughters, Dr. and Mrs. James E. Halpin returned to the United States in 1959 and set up residence in Clemson, South Carolina. A son, James E. Halpin, Jr, was born in 1963. Living for 62 years in Clemson, Liz was known as an accomplished hostess, homemaker, and mother. She actively supported her children's interests in organizations like Girl Scouts, extracurricular sports, and volunteered at her church. In 1972, Liz accepted a position at Clemson University in the Department of Food Science. Employment at Clemson University gave Liz years of joy - interacting with students, supporting the state's food industry, and constantly improving her own understanding of food science and nutrition.
Liz is preceded in death by her parents and both of her brothers, her older brother Charles Martin Sheldon and her younger brother James Joseph Sheldon. She will be dearly missed by so many whose lives she touched and impacted. The family requests privacy at this time as plans are made for a Celebration of Life on August 7. There will be a church service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Pendleton, SC at 10 AM, followed by a reception at 11:30 AM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Clemson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Clemson Community Care (P.O. Box 271, Clemson, SC 29633) or to a charity of your choice
Published by The Greenville News from Jul. 7 to Jul. 9, 2021.