Dec. 2, 1937 — Aug. 19, 2018
Elizabeth Gazewood passed away peacefully at her home in Surf Pines, at the age of 80, on Aug. 19, 2018, with her husband and daughter present. Elizabeth was afflicted with advancing Alzheimer’s, but a CT scan taken on July 13, 2018, revealed that Elizabeth had colon cancer that had spread to her liver, which resulted in her death.
Elizabeth was born to Thomas Earl and Callie Hazel Cornelius in Sanger, California, on Dec. 2, 1937, being the third of six children. Preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Cornelius Jr., Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 58-plus years, Robert; son Bob Jr.; daughter Kathleen Leader; granddaughter Molly Gazewood; sister Helen Marquardt; and brothers Kenneth, James and John.
Following her graduation from Sanger High School in June 1954, Elizabeth enrolled in the pre-nursing program at Reedley College in Reedley, California. Elizabeth completed her nursing studies and training at the Highland School of Nursing in Oakland, California, in January 1959, and moved to Seattle, Washington, to practice as a registered nurse at Virginia Mason Hospital. Elizabeth’s love for children caused her to specialize in pediatrics.
Elizabeth and Robert met in May 1959 at an Arthur Murray dance party for ballroom dancing students, and were married on Nov. 21, 1959, at the Shrine of St. Therese Catholic Church in Fresno, California, and throughout their marriage they exhibited their love of dancing together.
In 1960, they moved to Santa Monica, California, and Elizabeth practiced at St. John’s Hospital, the hospital frequented by Hollywood stars. Before moving to Olympia, Washington, in July 1966, and practicing at St. Peter’s Hospital, Elizabeth and Robert lived in Fresno, California, and Elizabeth practiced at Valley Children’s Hospital while Robert finished college at Fresno State.
In November 1980, Elizabeth and Robert moved to Clatsop County, where they built their home in the Surf Pines community in 1982.
Elizabeth was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, and she is deeply missed. She loved animals and birds, flowers, gardening and was staunchly pro-life.
She was an avid reader of books of all subject matters, with many books related to her Irish heritage. Elizabeth was the consummate Irish lady with her wit, sense of humor, laughter, smiling eyes and mischievous smile.
Elizabeth was always giving to others, as she dedicated many long hours of volunteer work for charity groups, such as the Providence Seaside Hospital Auxiliary, serving as secretary, vice president, president and buyer for the gift shop. Elizabeth single-handedly organized, typed and edited a cook book for the auxiliary for fundraising purposes in 2007.
In 2004, Elizabeth joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, providing food and financial assistance to the poor and needy. Elizabeth volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Conference food pantry, and at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Astoria, also.
A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Seaside, Oregon. Graveside services took place at Evergreen Cemetery, south of Seaside, 33395 Beerman Creek Road.
Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Victory St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Seaside, Oregon, or to St. Mary, Star of the Sea St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Astoria, Oregon.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Hughes-Ransom Mortuary and Crematory, Seaside, Oregon. Please visit hughes-ransom.com to sign the online guest book.