Memorial Page for Elizabeth T. Lacroix, Co-Founder of

Quality of WorkLife Consultants

Family Time on February 4, 2018 - Final Obituary Published n the Daily Press on March 11, 2018


Early-on Condolences

 This is but a slice of the condolences received from a rather closely held announcement of Elizabeth’s passing.  Our family has been deeply touched by the responses and tentative offerings from the Newport News Fire Department to undertake arrangements for a larger celebration of Elizabeth’s Life at some future time, yet to be determined.  Her obituary is being crafted by Sarah Ketchum, also with the Alumni Association.

 

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Please, know that even though I haven't sent out this long overdue email, or even called (and for that I am sorry!), I have been lifting you up before our Lord daily.  I hope you know and feel all the prayers of the many that are interceding on your behalf, because our Heavenly Father is Good, He is Constant, and He never fails, slumbers or forgets!  He sees you, hears you and knows every need, and is ALWAYS in control and sovereign.

 Elizabeth, as you undergo these procedures tomorrow, I agree with you all that Jesus Himself will be your Great Physician performing these surgeries through your doctor’s hands, even as His Holy Spirit covers over you.  I pray for you and your family to have the Lord's perfect peace, strength, rest, comfort and assurance that He has you as you recover. 

 Please, reach out for whatever you need, and if, and when, you are up to a visit.

 In Christ's love, Vivienne

 

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 I wanted to reach out to you and let you know we have been thinking of you. I tried your phones but did not want to leave a msg.  We are so sorry for your loss. If you’d like to talk at any time I am here for you. Please know you are in our thoughts.

Love, Peggy & Randy

 

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 Hi Uncle Joe,

Thank you for touching base. I called the only cell number I had and left a message. My cell is XXX-370-0162 and home office is XXX-448-1766. 

 I see Aunt Betty has passed. I’m so sad and very sorry. I can’t imagine the spectrum of emotions you all must be experiencing. Where are Abby & Joe? 

Have you all had a service yet? 

Have you contacted Uncle Jim yet?

 I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know how we may be of support. 

 Hope 

Be Kind! Be Blessed! Have Joy!!

 

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 I just figured something out. . . kept telling Joe on Sunday that so many red things were standing out to me.  First a picture of Betty in a red dress then the all red letters that spelled LOVE from the valentine box, the red on Kylee's dress, the little red glass pieces I got playing spoons and the red frame around the I love you picture in the hospital.  AND the next morning after she died I had seen a red cardinal on my bird feeder which I have never seen before (in the yard yes but the feeder no) They say a red cardinal symbolizes the spirit of the deceased visiting those who are mourning.  I kept hearing Joe say Betty was a RED but I didn't put two and two together until today.  All the red things were her there with us.  Believe it or not my heart tells me it's true.  Elizabeth

 

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Good Afternoon, Joe,  

I know you are going through a very difficult time and I cannot even begin to relate to the range of emotions and physiological effects you must be feeling. I just wanted you to know that there are CERT members who are reaching out, via sending me emails to express their condolences. They are also asking me questions about arrangements that I cannot answer.  I know that when someone dies, there are so many tasks associated with that and they are very challenging to perform, especially when the family is experiencing so much grief and receiving numerous telephone calls and I am sure emails.

 At the risk of adding to the countless emails you are receiving, I just wanted you to know that we miss Elizabeth dearly and are keeping you and your family in our prayers. I know we cannot change this tragedy, but your team is here, as I know your very loving family is, to support you in any way that we can. If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to call me at XXX-509-1125.

 Dana

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BIG Thanks Dana & CERTs Team!!!

Joe, my sincerest condolences on the passing of your soulmate, Elizabeth. Words cannot express the sorrow one feels when you lose, what feels like your better half, and I extend to you and your family my heart and prayers during this very difficult time and as you go through the coming years.

 Thanks,

Wanda

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Joe:

 I am saddened to hear of the passing of your loving wife, Betty.  May your faith in our Creator and the support of your family and friends help you through this time of loss.

 Best personal regards,

 Skip Emery

 

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 Hugs Love Paula and Mary Ann

 

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Joe, I am so sorry and sad that it took me so long to reply. Elizabeth was such a wonderful woman and surly made an impact on my life. I know there are no words to heal the sadness and I continue to pray your peace. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help during this time.

Cheryl

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I'd love to get some photos from you, especially the videos of my "proposal."  {2 minutes Video Available.}

 Just checking to see how you are holding up. Have any arrangements been finalized, please keep me posted on that.

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Joe,

 Eric and I extend our deepest condolences. You and your family will be in our thoughts. We sincerely hope that peace comes soon for you all.

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I heard the news yesterday from Lt. Patrick and my heart breaks for you and your family.  I am actually speechless as this wasn’t the news I thought I was going to hear. L She had such a beautiful spirit, smile and a genuine warm nature about her. She will truly be missed. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. . . hopes this reminder gives you some comfort. We are here for you and want to support you any way we can.  I’m praying for you my friend. Please, keep me posted about the arrangements.

 Monica

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We are thinking of all of you. Sending you warm thoughts. Love Mary Ann and Paula

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Joe,

Sending love to you and your family from members of the Dale Family.  You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.

With love, Michelle

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I can't begin to tell you the sense of loss and heartache that I felt when I heard of the loss of Elizabeth.  I am so sorry for your loss....  We will all cherish and remember that unique laughter, humor and compassion that Elizabeth shared so generously with everyone she met.  Elizabeth will now be with us to remind us to listen and care for others around us.  Joe, please know that Sue and I are here for you and are praying for you and your family at this time of loss...May God bless Elizabeth with peace and joy and give her a big heart in heaven to share with everyone...

 

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We too deeply morn your loss. She is safe and will be well taken care of. She will now be able to take care of you all. You will feel her in your beautiful memories and hear her laughter just listen with your heart. She remains within you and everything you do. These things will see you through every day.

With love and heartfelt sympathy.  Mary Ann and Paula

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Hello Joe,  

I was just wondering if there was any update from last night.  Prayers and love to you both 

 Meg

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Praying HARD. 

Meg

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Not to worry we certainly will be saying lots of prayers here for Elizabeth's heart to beat strong and regular. Her guardian angel will keep her safe for you. Blessings to you all.
Love, M & P

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So happy to hear that. Pls keep us posted on the heart surgery xoxo

Meg

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My dear Joe,

Thank you for your thoughtful update. I had no idea of the seriousness of Elizabeth's situation. If you sent information earlier, I am about a month behind in messages. I was ill during the entire holiday season and I had surgery on January 8th. I am making great progress.

Let me know how Ed Pickens and I can support you in additions to prayers for our beloved Elizabeth. I would like your permission to list Elizabeth on Prayer List at my parish. We cherish you two and delight in our friendship. I will be unable to drive for a while. However, any Friday through Monday, Ed Pickens is my willing driver and we are available to you.

Sending continuous love,

Michele

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Joe, I just heard. I am so sorry for the loss of your bride and my friend Elizabeth. I ask God to bless you and your family. She will truly be forever missed in our hearts.

Joyce

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I'm so glad we all had lunch just a few weeks ago and despite the challenges of the extra years on our lives you both seemed so joyful! I loved reading the letter at Christmas. What exactly happened with Liz? Was it a heart attack? (I hope I am not being intrusive I was just so shocked by the news.) Please know I'm here when you need me.

These moments when night falls have always been the worst for me. When it is alone and quiet I think of something I need to tell Keith or show him or will be out shopping and see something I knew that he needed, and it goes into the basket and moments later you realize. And that wave crashes over you.

Marcus

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Oh Joe. We are so saddened to hear this. I've been watching your page for news. I knew she passed but that was it. I know it has been years and years, but we've never stopped loving you two. Don't know where the crazy thumbs up came from.

 We would love to stay in touch. I can't begin to imagine your pain. You and Betty we're like me and Chris. Soulmates. When he was sick I was terrified. My heart aches for you.

Chris and Christine

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I heard, and my heart is broken from that news. I don’t know what or if there is anything you need of me but you know I’m here. She was like a 2nd mom and best friend to me. Let me know if you decide on some type of service and if I can help with anything. I love her, and I miss her! I hear she spoke very well of me on a job reference on last Monday.

Wanda

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Joe, I am just learning of the news. I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that Liz’s legacy and the impact you both had on everyone you met will never be forgotten. I will never forget her smile, her hugs, her nurturing character and her passion for the work you did together. I know she is in a better place and I pray you and your family find peace during this difficult time

Shanel

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Joe, just checking in with you to let you know how heart-broken I am about Elizabeth. Please let me hear from you at some point. I will NEVER forget how the two of you made me feel. I am blessed to know you. If I can do anything, please do not hesitate to call.

Ellen

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I was so very sad to hear the news. My heart goes out to you and the family.

 Elizabeth

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Joe, I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t even think of words to say. You both were very influential in my life and stay very close to my heart. I am sending all the love I can towards you and your family during this very difficult time. It is truly heartbreaking. I am so sorry.

Katie

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My mom told me the news, I’m overcome with sadness and can’t imagine. I love you and Everyone is in my heart.

 Love, Jess

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I know Joe and ,Elizabeth when they were doing some work for the department oI work in
Was honored to have had the opportunity to meet them and get to know them! Wonderful people. Will say a prayer for Joe and their family!

Marie StClair

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Private Family Time – Playing Games, with Chatter and Prayers!

 

Left Group (left to right): 

Fire Alumni* – Vivienne Craft, Mitz Emblidgei,
Daughters Jennifer Kessinger and Abby Brooks with Son-in-Law Brandon (husband) and Mikey (son)

Right Group (left to right) front row:

Elizabeth LaCroix, Sister Sarah LaCroix, Daughter-in-Heart Jenn Jacobs, Daughter Jessica Tison, Dad Joseph, Son Joseph, Daughter-in-Law Karina
Fire Alumni* Kathy Garcia and Meg Ryan

Right Group (left to right) back row –

Brother Bill LaCroix, Pamela LaCroix-Bossie and James LaCroix.

Front Row, Kneeling: 

2nd cousin and grands – Nicholas LaCroix, Kendall Kessinger, Kylie Brooks and Levi Lacroix with Battle Buddy Nat (from Kentucky)

*Fire Alumni from the Newport News Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association – Volunteers (Elizabeth and Dad Joseph members)

 

Obituary from the Daily Press, March 11, 2018
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