January 28, 1939 - August 12, 2018
Tiz Liz has died. Fulfilled and at peace with her life, Elizabeth “Liz” Rae Meyer Sawyer took her final breath at home, in the early morning hours of Sunday Aug. 12, 2018. Born to Frederick and Mary Beth Meyer, in Lincoln, on Jan. 28, 1939, Liz was the youngest of five and lived in Lincoln most of her life. She truly was a proud Nebraskan.
Liz graduated Lincoln Northeast High School in 1957, attended Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Hancock College Santa Monica, Calif., and graduated from Travel Careers Institute in Omaha. Whether it was twirling a baton, playing clarinet, or swimming as a penguin; Liz cherished her school experiences and classmates. She was an ongoing organizer of many reunions both from elementary and high school.
Liz was a member of 2nd Presbyterian Church Lincoln, Mapleton Methodist Church, Mapleton, Maine (organist & children's choir), 1st Presbyterian Church (ordained deacon, moderator of women deacons) Lincoln, and First Plymouth Church Lincoln. Liz was a seven year member of Job's Daughters Bethel No. 27, 59 year member and past matron of Myrtle Chapter No.94-Order of the Eastern Star, Lincoln.
As a young adult Liz worked for Butler cleaners & Murphy Finance Co., she worked for the public school systems in both Nebraska & Maine. She was a successful travel agent for Lincoln Tour & Travel, and AAA Nebraska. During “retirement” she worked for UNL event staff which she enjoyed immensely.
She married George Sawyer in 1964, celebrating 50 years of marriage in 2014. Liz became mother to Alan and Anita and grandma to Quin and Harper. Being a mom and grandma was a highlight of her life. Liz made a point to visit her family no matter how far away, whether just for a visit or to attend special events, she participated in their lives, always happy to connect with them.
Liz found happiness in being a Husker fan, playing games, especially Yahtzee, doing jig-saw puzzles, going out-to-eat and collecting angels and frogs. Liz especially loved to knit. Liz loved to travel throughout North America and abroad. She was proud to say she had visited all 50 states and state capitols.
Getting together with family and friends was a priority. She was a thoughtful and generous sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, mom, grandma, neighbor and friend. Liz played life's song to the fullest, determined to make the most of each day. Up to her final days Liz lived life her way, with love & humor.
Liz's smile, laugh and hugs will be greatly missed by her son; Alan Sawyer (New Mexico), daughter; Anita Moore, son-in-law; Nate Moore (Washington), grandsons: Quinten (California) and Harper Moore (Washington), close friend; Allen Plucknett (Nebraska), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a huge circle of dear friends and acquaintances.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D St., Lincoln. Memorials: Tabitha Home Hospice, UNL Event Staff, First Plymouth Church, Masonic and Eastern Star Home for Children. Online condolences can be left at www.bmlfh.com.