Here is Elie at her Sophmore Homecoming dance! As you can imagine by now, she was always the center of attention! Her date in the back on the right was Doug Abbot. Her good friend Stephanie Lloyd is right behind her.
This was the first time they decided to rent a limousine to take them to dinner and the dance!
Elie discovered that she loved to play field hockey! She was the smallest on the team, so naturally she would end up on top of the pyramid! Ballard High School 1991
Well, summer of '91 was Elie's first love with Tyler Ford! I love the story she used to tell about driving my "big blue Grand Marquis boat" over to Tyler's house, when she was stopped by a police officer - not for speeding, but because she didn't look old enough to be driving! She could barely see over the dashboard! The poor officer thought she was about twelve years old, and she was so proud to hand him her drivers licence!
Elie with her friend Kyle Legette, Christmas '90. Fifteen months later Elie was killed in a car an intoxicated Kyle was driving on a suburban Louisville highway.
Elie clowning around! Junior Year, 1992
Junior year Homecoming dance, 1992. Front are Carlyn King and Elie.
Elie and her Grandmother, "GG", taken about a month before she was killed. 1992
Last Picture we have of Elie before her death. 1992
To All Parents
"I'll lend you for a little time a
child of Mine", He said,
"For you to love the while she lives
and mourn for when she's dead.
It may be six or seven years, or
twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call her back,
take care of her for Me?
She'll bring her charms to gladden you, and shall her stay be brief
You'll have her lovely memories as
solace for your grief.
"I cannot promise she will stay,
since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down
there I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over in
my search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd
life's lance I have selected you.
Now will you give her all your love,
nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call to
take her back again?"
I fancied that I heard them say:
"Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
For all the joy Thy child shall
bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter her with tenderness,
we'll love her while we may,
And for the happiness we've known
forever grateful stay;
But shall the angels call for her
much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that
comes and try to understand.
So ends the life of a lovely young girl, my daughter Elizabeth. She died in a senseless way, on February 16, 1992. Only 6 days after she turned 17.
Thank you for allowing me to share Elie's life with you. I hope that someone looking at her life might learn from her experience. If this view prevents just one death due to drinking and driving, then I will be satisfied with what I have done here. Choices do have consequences.
Any Questions or comments, please E-Mail me. I would love to hear from you!