She was born Sept. 29, 1980, in Clay County, the daughter of Rick Holifield and Angela Brush.
Lisa attended Sunny Side Middle School and McCutchin High School in Lafayette, before moving back to Brazil and graduating from Northview High School.
In the past, she worked as the faculty coordinator for the Osler Institute. She traveled often with her job and she truly enjoyed the details of that job. She also had worked as a waitress at Denny's and Steak and Shake in Terre Haute and for the American Legion Post No. 2 in Brazil. She had attended Berea Church. As a young girl, Lisa had been active in Job's Daughters, the Brazil Chapter.
Lisa has been described as a very creative person, who wrote quality poetry and has been published. She also gravitated toward the theater and a book was never far from her hand.
She loved books and saw books as old friends to be enjoyed many times. It was said that she was a fierce friend and was generous to a fault.
The love of her life was her dear son, Jayden, age 5. She and Jayden "took care of each other." She was also loved by her supportive family and a group of close friends.
She is survived by her son Jayden Hapenny, mother Angela Kowitz, father Rick Holifield, grandparents Mary Lou and Bob Britton, Bob and Charlotte Brush, and Tommy and Glenna Holifield, seven brothers and sisters Mary Kay Wymer, Joshua Holifield, Tommy Holifield, Ashley Garrard (Jeff), Kelsey Simonson (Jeremy), Corey Simonson, and Brittney Kowitz, seven aunts and uncles Susie Ennis, Judy Maynard, Jim and Pam Holifield, Jeff and Sue Holifield, Jacque Zing, Chuck and Sheri Brush, and John and Denise Brush, and six nieces and nephews: Mason, Addison, Brendan, Aiden, Ethan and Kierstin.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ursell Cox, and her brother, Lucas Holifield.
Services will be Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at 3 p.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil, with Pastor Tom Hess officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday, from 1-3 p.m., at the funeral home.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in her memory to Berea Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Light a candle in her memory at www.lawson-millerchapel.com.