Elizabeth Tilghman Elsea, age 89, passed away peacefully at home April 09, 2020. She was born December of 1930 in Cape Charles, Va. to the late William Edward Tilghman and Elizabeth Poulson Ames. Growing up on the Eastern Shore was a magical and happy time and even though life took her to many different and exciting places her heart always longed to go home.
She married Richard Elsea Sr. August of 1955, he preceded her in death in 2007.
Before starting her family, she began her career as a Radiologist at DePaul Hospital in Norfolk, Va. After raising her children she worked for many years as a teacher and office administrator at Town and Country Day School. This job was well suited for her caretaking heart. Elizabeth had a natural love for all children but none more than her own. She was a dedicated mother and treasured every moment spent with each of her 6 children. Her son, Larry Lewis of Cape Charles, VA., Daughter, Diane Taplin and her husband David of New Tazwell, TN., Daughter, Denise Levine and her husband Phil of Charlotte, NC, Son, Richard Elsea Jr. of Charlotte, NC., Son, David Lee Elsea and wife Sherry of Youngsville, NC., Daughter, Susan Beck and husband Steve Courchesne of Gun Barrel City, TX. She especially loved her role as Grandma to her 14 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Elizabeth is also survived by her dear sister Peggy Joyce Butler of Rockledge, FL. Her niece and nephews who she was affectionately known to as Aunt Dissy.
A private family service will be held at Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Charlotte, NC. A graveside service for family and friends will be held at a later date when Elizabeth will be laid to rest beside her grandparents and parents in Cape Charles, Va. Finally bringing her home.
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