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Elizabeth (Liz) -- Redenbarger -- Plew

Monday, February 1, 2010

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Elizabeth (Liz) -- Redenbarger -- Plew, 83, passed away at the Cloverleaf Health Care Facility in Knightsville, Ind., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. She had been in failing health for a few months.

Elizabeth was born May 18, 1926, in East Glenn, to Sherman and Nellie Wright. She attended Ashboro Elementary, Brazil High, and Indiana State University.

Elizabeth's surviving family members include sisters Naomi Boswell, Carbon, Ind., Kathleen Acton, Camby, Ind., and brother Donald Wright, Kingsburg, Calif. Also surviving is her only son, Philip Redenbarger, Center Point, and daughter-in-law Patricia Redenbarger.

Additional survivors include granddaughter Lisa Coughanowr and husband John C. Coughanowr II, along with great-grandchildren Alec and Carli Coughanowr, all of Brazil.

Elizabeth's family included siblings Hildred, Ruth, Richard, and Lex, who are all deceased.

Elizabeth's father Sherman was a coal miner who raised his family during the 30s' Great Depression, by moving from mine site to mine site in Clay and Vigo counties as work was available. Her mother Nellie was a homemaker who "raised seven kids on a minor's pay," in the 1930s. As a child and young lady, Elizabeth lived in East Glenn, Ashboro and Prairie City.

On Dec. 7, 1943, Liz was married to Donald Redenbarger, who remained her husband until his death in June 2002. They lived their entire lives together at 339 East State Road 42 in Clay County, Ind. Liz worked at GC Murphy's as a sales clerk (1956-59) and Chaney's Jewelry Shop in sales (1959-60) in Brazil. She was also employed by Columbia Records in customer service (1960-77) and JC Penny as a sales clerk (1978-80) in Terre haute. Liz, much like her siblings and close relatives, was gifted with the ability to sing, play musical instruments, write poetry, and create needlepoint. She owned and operated the "Knitting Nook," on State Road 42 from 1980-86, making and selling her needlepoint creations. Liz had a fascination for beautiful automobiles and was seldom without one.

After Donald's death, she remarried Alfred Plew in July 2003, and moved to Terre Haute. Liz and Alfred enjoyed five years together traveling and with friends. Alfred passed away in 2009.

Liz was a member of the Prairie City and Ashboro small country churches and was devoted to her religion and family.

Services for Liz will be at the French Funeral Home in Brazil with visitation Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 4-8 p.m., and services at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4. Burial will be at the Kealber Cemetery on east State Road 42. Pallbearers include Michael Boswell, Larry Acton, Winford Acton, Jim Owens, John Coughanowr II, and Alec Coughanowr. Honorary Pallbearer is Paul Redenbarger.

Special thanks go to the Cloverleaf Health Care Facility and staff for exceptional end of life service, Dr. John Oehler, Dr. Charles French, and French Funeral Home for assistance with final arrangements and support.

Elizabeth, a live of humor, independence, and art.