Elizabeth Carpenter

Elizabeth Carpenter

Saturday, September 27th, 1919 - Sunday, July 19th, 2020
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Elizabeth Carpenter, 100 years old, passed away peacefully at her home, July 19, 2020. She was born September 27, 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Although she was the oldest of 5 children, she outlived them all.

Raised in Homewood, she attended Homewood Elementary School and graduated from Westinghouse High School, Class of 1937. She enjoyed her years at the "House" and participated in Billy Strayhorn's musical "Fantastic Rhythms".

Through a friend she met and married Sherman Carpenter. Together, they raised a family of five children: Marlene, presently in OK., Marlin, Lillian, Sherman, all in Pittsburgh, and Michele Strayhorn, in Chester Springs, PA. This union ended with Sherman's passing in 1964. Then, she entered the workforce holding jobs as a "day worker", housekeeper at Collins Nursing Home, and domestic worker for a private family. Everyone loved her dearly.

She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother spending time nurturing, teaching, guiding, loving and forgiving. She would read to them, recite poetry to them, bake cookies, cakes and pies for them, especially birthday cakes that she decorated herself. She would often purchase children's books to give to her kids and the grands. She encouraged her children to know the Lord at Blackadore Avenue Presbyterian Church and later at Valley View Presbyterian where she was an active member. Her church family brought her joy and peace.

She enjoyed reading the latest novels, traveling with Hill District AARP #4706, watching Steve Harvey and sending greeting cards embellished with stickers. Most of all, she cherished being: "Mom", "Granny", "Auntie", "Cousin Liz", "Miss Bette", "Carpie", "Adopted Mom".

Family and friends, who mourn her passing, will forever hear her say "Blessings always".

Private family services will be held. Interment - Homewood Cemetery

Condolences may be sent to 7128 McPherson Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Homewood Cemetery
    Address Not Available
  • Interment

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Homewood Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Eugene Berry

Posted at 05:05pm
Prayers to my family. Even though I'm not there physically, you all are in my heart. Love you Aunt Lizz.

Sandy Arnett

Posted at 09:26pm
Taking a moment to share my condolences as you prepare to bury your mother. Cousin Lizzie was a unique woman, one who I inspire to be like.
I always told her I want to be like her when I grow up. She pleasing assured me that I would be.
Don't think of her as being dead; think of her as resting in the bosom of Abraham, free from all pains and worries of this old world. She knew this day would come so she prepared herself for it. I can see her now, dancing around heaven.
She loved all of you dearly and that love will continue in her memories that you hold.
"Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14: 1-3). Cousin Lizzie has gone to prepare a place for us.

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