Elizabeth Marie Chase, wife, mother, sister, daughter, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019, at age 37. Elizabeth was born in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Lynden, Washington in 1992 where she graduated high school. She then moved to Fort Collins with her family. She obtained her black belt in Kajukenbo when she was 16.
Liz met her best friend and love of her life, John Hanna, in 2009 and married New Year’s Eve 2012. In 2015 Elizabeth and John brought 3 teen siblings into their home and raised and nurtured them as their own. The children have brought a special joy to the extended families.
Liz lived a selfless life, always putting the needs of those she cared about above herself, most notably by taking in 3 teenagers in their time of need.
Elizabeth was passionate about life and protective of those she loved. She spent her days enjoying the sun, boating, her garden and sharing produce from it, reading, concerts, her dogs, and October. She would spend this month watching scary movies, touring every haunted house within driving distance, and spooking children on Halloween in the haunted house she and her mom created in the garage. Avid CSU Ram fans, Liz and John were honored as the Hometown Hero’s at a CSU football game in 2017 and as Family of the Game in 2019. She will be missed at the home games. Liz was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Western Governor’s University and was scheduled to graduate in Spring 2021.
Earlier this year she began to feel tired and after several months was diagnosed with an aggressive, rare disease that took her young life after a lengthy hospital stay and rigorous fight at Swedish Medical Center.
Liz will be forever remembered for her smiles, laughter, and kind nature. She is survived by her husband and best friend John, mother Joan Chase (Kent Crouse), brother Jake (Kateri), and children Logan, Anya, and Rinoa, as well as her many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Lymon D (LD) Chase, Grandfathers, and Uncle.
An informal celebration of Lizzie’s love and life will be held October 26th. She will be laid to rest next to her father in Council Grove, Kansas at a later date.