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June 20, 2018

6/11/2018 11:52:00 AM
Elizabeth Desiree Wine
Elizabeth Desiree Wine
Elizabeth Desiree Wine

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding." - Proverbs 3:5

She was a simple, country girl. An animal lover. A free, fun-loving spirit, and an energetic, spunky soul. She always wore a smile. She loved to make you laugh. And she was adored by all her family and so many, many friends. This is Elizabeth Desiree Wine, 17, of McArthur, who unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan. She was born on March 5, 2001, in Athens, Ohio, daughter of Jeffery Coleman and Cynthia Wine, who both survive.

Otherwise known as Liz, she was a bright, beaming young woman who so clearly and cheerfully delighted everyone she knew. Truly, her love knew no bounds.

Although she was just finishing her sophomore year at Vinton County High School, Liz already understood what so many spend a lifetime learning: she thoroughly enjoyed life's most simple pleasures. She loved to run around barefoot, feeling the good, country earth beneath her feet. And, you could often find her mudding on a four-wheeler, camping, fishing, swimming, and otherwise reveling in the rustic outdoors. Liz felt at home and at peace in nature. In many ways, the back country which she held dear reflected those traits which made her so very special and unique: Liz was genuine, authentic, and always grounded and real.

Liz's sweet disposition was extended to four-legged creatures too. A former 4-H member, Liz cared greatly for animals, including her dogs and cats, as well as many strays, to which she administered, amongst many other things, the kindness and affection for which she was always known. Not only did she spread laughter and joy, Liz truly engendered love. To know Liz, was to know happiness.

Not surprisingly, Liz also adored children and cherished her many friendships, including the very special bond she shared with her mother. Although Liz was like any other typical teenager - taking lots of pictures, listening to her favorite country and pop songs, getting angry with her "annoying" little brother Ethan Coleman, pouting and stomping off when she was angry - she loved her mother above all else. Their mutual connection was incredibly meaningful to Liz. Yet, not only did Liz love her mother, she admired and respected Cynthia, an affection perhaps not always apparent during one's teenage years. But again, Liz's straightforward, uncomplicated manner always shone through.

And although there were fights and irritations, Liz idolized her sister Tiffany, whom she called Tiff and Sis. Never wanting to be apart, Liz begged to spend time with Tiff, to stay with her, and to be with her. Even though the two girls were so strongly connected, Liz's heart was big enough to form the same kind of relationship with her brother, Ethan. For Liz it was all very simple: in her life, family was incredibly important.

Clearly, far from ordinary, Liz was a bit of an artist and would spend time drawing, coloring, and reimagining the world. Like nature, art gave her a space to be herself, without any boundaries. And when she wasn't running around outdoors or indulging in her creative pursuits, Liz could be found at Locust Grove Church, where she was a devout and regular member. It is no wonder, that her favorite time of year was also one of the most holy, Christmas. As in nature and art, Liz found solace in her church and in her Lord. And now, more than ever, we should share Liz's conviction and trust as she did, in God's design. We should draw upon that which so often comforted Liz: God's own plan for her, her family, and her friends. We should have faith that though we grieve, we should be strong, courageous, and without fear, because God will be with us wherever we go, just as He is with Liz now. We should remember that love is eternal and the love that Liz created, the joy that she so often bestowed, the affection she so readily gave, remains in each and every person she inspired with her sunny smile and her radiant personality. And just as Liz felt blessed, we should remember her as an absolute blessing, a gift we are so fortunate to have.

Among those who had the privilege of knowing Liz the best and sharing in her charming company are her loving father, Jeffrey Coleman (Teresa Davis), mother, Cindy Wine (Kenny Amerine), her sister Tiffany Speakman (Arthur Tyree), her brother Ethan Coleman, her special friends Brandy and Timothy Scott and their children, her boyfriend Michael Lumpkins, her beloved Aunt Sherri Hill (Dewayne) and her cousins Alex, Debra, and John, who she regarded as siblings, her grandparents Jeff and Cindy Wine, Arnold Coleman, and Linda Forrest, as well as her great grandmothers, Carol Marsh and Elaine O'Brien. Liz deeply loved all her aunts and uncles, great aunts and great uncles, as well as her many other cousins and friends.

Because Liz was so devoted to her church, a celebration of her extraordinary life will be held at Locust Grove Church, 31415 Locust Grove Rd., McArthur, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. with her great uncle, Rev. Jim Wine officiating. Burial will follow in Berry Cemetery, South Bloomingville.

The family will receive friends at R.M. Williams Funeral Service, 120 W. Broadway St., Wellston, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Please visit www.rmwilliamsfuneralservice.com to leave a message of comfort, encouragement, or condolence to the family, or to view Liz's online video tribute.

R.M. Williams Funeral Service, Wellston, is honored to care for Liz and her family.





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