By Ken Upton, Elder, The Little Church on the Prairie
As reported a week ago in The Suburban Times, Lakewood pioneer, Elizabeth Poinsett, celebrated her 100th birthday among a large gathering of family and friends on Sunday, February 13th, at The Little Church on the Prairie. Tragically, a few days later, on the date of her birth (February 17), she fell in her Lakewood home and broke her hip. She was taken to the hospital where surgery was performed but she did not recover from the stress of the operation and passed away peacefully, Monday, February 21st, at St. Clare Hospital.
Elizabeth lived a full and storied life as a scholar, a teacher, an artist, and was a charming lady who was devoted to her church and beloved by all those she met and befriended throughout her many years. She will remain in our memories as a loving and dedicated member of the community, a Lakewood pioneer in the true sense of the word who helped the Historical Society preserve the chronicles of this city from it’s beginning as a vast wilderness prairie to it’s present day development. She never took her life for granted believing the Lord always had something for her to do and she’d stay and keep busy until He called her home. Many feel blessed to have shared their lives with Elizabeth as she was truly a treasure to know and love.