Elizabeth was born on March 4, 1916, in Chicago, Ill. She was the second daughter of Ralph and Constance Holway. Elizabeth passed away on October 22, 2011, at the age of 95, surrounded by family members. She was a loving wife, caring mother, and special friend to many.
Growing up, Elizabeth faced and overcame many difficulties associated with having deaf parents and living through the Great Depression. She met and married Walter Weller in 1938. This was the beginning of a beautiful love story that spanned over 67 years. Out of this love story came four children, Susan Stubblefield, of Lake Oswego, Ore., Gayle Speirs, of Gold River, Calif., Wendy Thompson, of Wilsonville, Ore., and Wes Weller, of Roseville, Calif. Elizabeth was richly blessed by her family and cherished her eight grandchildren, Don, Laurisa, Andrea, Verne, Vance, Ben, Eric, Danelle and nine great-grandchildren, Patrick, Grant, Ray, Logan, Madison, Virginia, Elizabeth, Nicholas, and Sydney. She had many nieces and nephews and a special relationship with her niece, Rosemary Breffle of Clayton, N.M.
Dr. Weller and Elizabeth moved to Southern Oregon in 1942 and soon opened the Ashland Veterinary Hospital, where they had a successful practice for 31 years. After retiring and selling that practice, they moved to Corvallis, Ore., and opened the Eastgate Veterinary Clinic and lived in that community until moving to Wilsonville in 2005.
Elizabeth was a beautiful woman both outwardly and in her heart. She provided a loving home for her children and genuinely cherished motherhood. In addition to raising her family, Elizabeth assisted in the medical practice, supported school activities, and was active in P.T.A. She was involved and respected in the Ashland community. She gathered friends easily, was a member of the Ashland Soroptimist and was a model in local fashion shows. In later life she enjoyed reading, journaling, and beading. She made hundreds of multi-colored beaded bracelets, donating many of them to various organizations. She became an enthusiastic bingo player, winning more often than not.
Elizabeth formed a very strong belief in God. This belief served her well in marriage, in raising her family and comforted her as she lived the final chapter of her life at the Marquis Vintage Suites Assisted Living in Wilsonville. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the caregivers and all the staff at the Marquis for the kindness and love extended to our mom throughout the years she lived there, and for helping to make the memorial service celebrating her life a beautiful and honoring event. Many thanks as well to the wonderful people of Hospice Care of the Northwest who made her last days as comfortable as possible.
Mom, because we know that you are now safely in our Heavenly Father's arms, we will remember you with deep love and keep you alive within our hearts.