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Friends, Family Mourn Death of Student Elizabeth Cheek, A Life That Ended Too Soon

 

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Elizabeth Osborn Cheek, Courtesy Facebook

On Sunday, yet another young life was lost too soon to her Oxford, Ole Miss and Nashville families. Elizabeth Osborn Cheek, who was spending the semester off from studies at Ole Miss while living and working in Oxford, passed away. She was only twenty years old.

According to her obituary on Legacy.com, Elizabeth was born in Nashville. She attended the University of Mississippi where she was obtaining a bachelors degree in marketing. Elizabeth was also a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and worked as the head server at Bacchus on the Square in Oxford.

According to friends, she very much loved her job at Bacchus on the Square and often worked on marketing and party planning for the same company’s new venture Rowdy Rebs. Her close group of friends treasured their time with her as shown in these beautiful tributes.

Courtesy Facebook, Morgan Lee Stanley
Courtesy Facebook
Courtesy Facebook, Caroline Tannehill
Courtesy Facebook

She worked as a summer camp counselor at Camp Merrie Woode, a camp for girls and young women in North Carolina, which was the camp she had grown up going to.

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Courtesy Facebook

According to friends, Elizabeth was full of life and had much to give, as evidenced by these posts introducing herself in anticipation of the arrival of the campers.

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Courtesy merriewoode.com

According to the merriewood.com website, the mission of the camp reads: Merrie-Woode is a sanctuary of rarest beauty which inspires a lasting awareness of God’s presence. The Mission of Camp Merrie-Woode is to use that setting to nurture the physical, intellectual and spiritual growth of girls and young women through traditional camp activities and outdoor adventures.  In this friendly, non-competitive community of simplified living, each individual is valued for who she is and who she will become.

Courtesy merriewoode.com
Courtesy merriewoode.com

Here is Elizabeth’s Full Obituary courtesy of Legacy.com:

Elizabeth Cheek, courtesy Legacy.com
Elizabeth Cheek, courtesy Legacy.com

Elizabeth Cheek
Nashville, TN 

Elizabeth Osborn Cheek, age 20, passed away on December 9, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. She was the daughter of Donovan Ross and Elizabeth (Libby) Zemp Cheek.Elizabeth was born in Nashville. She attended the University of Mississippi where she was obtaining a bachelors degree in marketing. Elizabeth was also a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and worked as head server at Bacchus on the Square in Oxford.
 
Elizabeth was full of life and loved by so many. Her beautiful smile and laugh were contagious. Her passion was being a counselor at Camp Merrie-Woode – laughing and playing with her campers. She loved her friends and family and helping others. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Russell Zemp and her grandmother, Donna Ross Cheek.
 

She is survived by her grandmother, Lucy Baumann Zemp; grandfather, Pickslay Cheek; siblings, William Ross Cheek and Laura Hughes Cheek; aunts and uncles, John (Cammie) Claybrook, Andy (Lucy) Garrabrants, Katherine Zemp, and Pickslay Cheek III; cousins Hannah, Molly and Grace Claybrook ; and a host of extended family.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, December 19, 2016 at 12 pm followed by a memorial service at 2 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway in Nashville, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Elizabeth’s name to Merrie-Woode Foundation, Inc. 100 Merrie Woode Road Sapphire, NC 28774 or the Nashville Humane Association, 213 Oceola Avenue Nashville, TN 37209.

Guestbook @ www.crawfordservices.com

Crawford Mortuary & Crematory (615) 254-8200

Published in Tennessean from Dec. 14 to Dec. 18, 2016– See more at:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tennessean/obituary.aspx?n=elizabeth-cheek&pid=183075906&#sthash.gH4it9IK.dpuf


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