Elizabeth Shewan passed away May 14, 2012, at the age of 77, following a long battle with lung cancer.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Oct. 15, 1934, and raised in Verdon, Canada, Elizabeth moved permanently to California to get away from the cold. She eventually settled in Sonoma County where she resided for the past 40 years.
She is survived by her partner, Wayne Taylor; her daughter, Desiree Rodriguez (Manuel Rodriguez); her son, Damon Shewan (Silvia Shewan); and grandchildren, Cidnee, Cruz and Cianna.
Liz and Wayne met through their mutual love of Dixieland jazz music. Their passion for classic ’20s and ’30s vintage attire led them to membership in the San Francisco Art Deco Society. Wayne introduced Liz to the old car hobby, and membership in the “Early Ford V-8 Club.” They traveled many miles attending car club tours and art deco events.
Liz’s greatest legacy will be her 42 years of sobriety, in which she worked tirelessly to help countless people overcome their struggles with alcoholism. Even in her last days, she would still get herself beautifully dressed to spread the message and help others stay sober. She would always remind us that “it’s one day at a time” and to “let go and let God.” Liz will forever be remembered as a strong, passionate, opinionated woman with a keen eye for style and a heart bigger than life.
A special thank you to Memorial Hospital Hospice. We are forever grateful for your help and support.
A celebration of life party will held on Sunday, July 15, at 1 p.m. in the East Recreation Building, Oakmont.