Elizabeth (Lizzie) Somers passed away on August 24, 2020 from complications from a stroke. She was surrounded by her parents, her brother and her sweet dog Jade. Although she was 26 years old, Lizzie led a well traveled, adventurous life in the short time she was with us.
Lizzie had traveled with family or alone to Australia, Europe, Africa, Argentina, Peru and around much of the United States. At 17, when she graduated from high school, she chose to go to McGill University in Montreal. Going to college so far from home was a formative part of Lizzie’s adult life, and she developed a network of great friends from around the world. There she expanded her interest in independent music, frequented many small venues and got to know many artists. At McGill, she was studying history and jumped at the opportunity to spend the summer of 2012 in Florence. There she studied Italian Film and the language.
When Lizzie came home for Christmas vacation in December of 2012 she suffered a very devastating stroke due to a rare brain malformation (AVM). She had no prior symptoms. She worked so hard to rehabilitate herself but was quite disabled. Despite her disability she left an imprint on her family, her neighborhood and all those she’d meet. She loved to be outside in her electric wheelchair and was always with her companion. If she wasn’t in the neighborhood she’d be downtown at the Pet Store or other stores smelling lotions or flowers.
Lizzie loved animals and for the first time she got a dog, Jade, 6 years ago. Lizzie will be missed by all her knew her.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Animal Assisted Happiness, a great organization that provided so much joy to Lizzie. (www.animalassistedhappiness.org)