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“Gary and Virginia,I was very sad to hear about Elizabeth's passing. I remember her as a very sweet young lady. I know that she and you fought very...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis Schellhase - Little Rock, AR

“I was so sorry to read of Elizabeth's death. She was a sweet young person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Jo Chambers - Little Rock, AR

3 of 14 | Posted by: Charlie Oliver - Redfield, AR

“So sorry Virginia & Gary I can only imagine what you guys are going through just remember lizzy is a beautiful angel who will be smiling :)...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Georgette Adams - St Charles, AR

“May God comfort you as you walk through this valley of the shadow of death.We did not know your daughter Lizzy, but we've had difficult times like...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Ron & Sarah Morris - Little Rock, AR

“Your family is in our prayers ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Chester and Pollye Goudelock - AR

“I was always so impressed with this little Lady's bravery in the face of such a long, hard, illness. She always had a smile for me and was so...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Carma Shumake - De Witt, AR

“Ms. Virginia so sorry for your families loss. We know more than most the fight for life that Lizzy endured. You all are in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Mark Toomey - Jefferson City, MO

“She was a great girl. I'll miss her ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: James Ferguson - Dewitt, AR

“Lizzy was a very special person who touched the lives in our community. She leaves a wonderful legacy. Our prayers are with everyone. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Darleen and Mark Frizzell DeWitt

“My prayers are with her family and friends ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy Miller - Dewitt, AR

“We are praying for you during this heartbreaking time. May God wrap you in his arms and give you comfort. Bobby & Sandy West ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Bobby West - Family Friend

“Lizzy lit up our lives with her smile and never complaining attitude. I know that everyone she came in contact with was lucky to have met her and...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Krista Ferguson - Dewitt, AR

“My and my family's prayers go out to her family and fiancée. My wife led her youth group when she was young, and matter of fact, the first time...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Scott Griffie - Gillett, AR

Elizabeth Desha "Lizzy" West of St. Charles, AR was born February 27th 1993 in Stuttgart, AR. She was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 13 months and has spent her entire life fighting the hard battle and supporting the foundation in hopes to one day find a cure for CF.  Elizabeth and her Mom moved to St. Louis in June of 2016 to live and receive preparation and treatment while awaiting a lung transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  Unfortunately, for her family and loved ones, on October 10th 2016, the Lord decided her fight here was over and she gained her angel wings.  

 On February 22, 2004 at the age of 9, Elizabeth became a member of St. Charles Baptist Church and she was baptized on March 7, 2004. 

Elizabeth graduated from DeWitt High School in 2011. After graduation, she attended college at PCCUA DeWitt. While attending PCCUA, she was on the Chancellor's List and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She was a leader on campus and participated in student events, activities, and volunteering as part of the college family. She also served as Student Ambassador and worked in the college offices as a work study student.  She graduated in May 2014 from PCCUA, with honors, with an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Communications. She was enrolled at U of A Fort Smith working towards her Bachelors degree at the time of her death. She also won the community Young Volunteer  Award from the Dewitt Chamber of Commerce in 2014. 

She is survived by her parents, Gary and Virginia West of St. Charles, AR; her fiancé, Chase Shelton of DeWitt, AR; two brothers, Justin Harlan of Searcy, AR and Christopher Pettie of Missouri; a sister, Hope Harris of Washington; a grandfather, J.C. Harlan of Aubrey, AR;   Uncles, George West (Pam) of Stella, MO and Doyle Harlan (Karen) of Bee Branch, AR; an Aunt, Mary Harlan of Aubrey, AR and numerous other family, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, J.C and Jamie Elizabeth West, her maternal grandmother, Lorene Harlan, and Uncles, John Carrol, Tim, and Jack West
Her sweet spirit and love of life has touched the lives of all who knew and loved her and she will be greatly missed. 

 Visitation will be held Thursday, October 13th from 5-7pm at Essex Funeral Home in DeWitt, AR. Funeral service will be held Friday, October 14th at 2pm at Essex Funeral Home with burial at the Chute Cemetery in Ethel, AR.  Pastor Bert Thomas of St. Charles Baptist Church will officiate the service. 
Memorials may be made to:
 Lizzy West Memorial Scholarship, 
Attn- Diana Graves, PCCUA Foundation
1210 Ricebelt Ave
 Dewitt, AR  72042 
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Arkansas Chapter
1501 N. Pierce, Ste. 114
Little Rock, AR  72207.

Funeral Home
Essex Funeral Home
1405 S Grandview Dr De Witt, AR 72042
Tel. (870) 946-3104