Celebrating the life of

Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rushing

Passed away on October 27, 2021

Very independent, courageous, extremely thoughtful, kind and a loyal friend.

Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rushing

Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rushing, 36, passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan from a brain aneurysm.  She was born in Savannah, daughter of James R. and Minette Grizzle Rushing. 

Lizzie was a graduate of Calvary Day School and received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with emphasis in creating writing from Savannah College of Art and Design.  Prior to moving to Manhattan, New York nine years ago, Lizzie was in event sales with Garibaldi’s and was currently in event sales in Manhattan.  She was a member of White Bluff Presbyterian Church.

Lizzie’s love of travel has taken her to Europe, the Middle East, Thailand, Central and South American, Iceland, and Cuba.  She had a very determined personality, very independent, courageous, extremely thoughtful, kind, and a loyal friend.  As a prolific writer, she wrote for South Magazine, she wrote several books and a travel blog (Lizzie in the City).

Surviving are her parents, James R. (Jim) and Minette G. Rushing of Savannah; brother, Jonathan Rushing of Savannah; aunts, Linda Blackston (Lee) and Jena Buttimer; uncle, Phil Rushing (Lynn); Godparents, Suzanne Edenfield, Mack and Diana Teston; adored step-grandmother, Gloria Grizzle; numerous cousins and her beloved cat, Mint Julep. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Chad and Marjorie Grizzle; paternal grandparents, Cecil and Burt Rushing and uncle, Jerriod Grizzle.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Reverend Suzanne Cole Wages officiating.

Remembrances in memory of Lizzie may be made to One Love Animal Rescue, 463 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Ste. B7 #142, Savannah, GA 31410, or click the link:



Minette and Jim, I can't even imagine the loss you must feel. I know how proud of Lizzie you were. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Liz

- Liz Williams Edwards, Savannah, GA

Minette and Jim, We are at a loss for words with the passing of your beloved daughter. But please know our hearts are broken by this tragedy We want to offer whatever support we can at a time that is impossible to conceive. We love you so much and are sending prayers. Jim and Kathryn Myrick

- Jim and Kathryn Myrick, Savannah , GA

Minette, I am so sorry. Love and prayers from your friend in Claxton.

- Angie Miller, Claxton , Georgia

Our thought, prayers, love and condolences are with you now and forever. Xoxo

- Sharon and Dennis Poteet, Whittier, CA

Lizzie’s zest for life ,traveling all over the world ;loved all the beauty God designed for us to enjoy. She could document her appreciation of all her experiences. What a loving ,sharing heart ;so we could go with her in spirit. Almighty God will make sure she has all these amazing memories when she is awakened from sleep. When Lazarus was brought back from the grave after 4 days we can imagine the joy his family experienced. When Jesus calls ,Jody will awaken .Job 14:14 ; what an exciting time. She is as good as alive, due to the sure promise of the resurrection. John 5:28,29 There will be no more pain, sickness, or death Rev 21:3,4, “Enjoy Life Forever” . Please be comforted. Christian Love, Sandy Wirfs

- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, Louisiana

Minette, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter Lizzie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Sharon Williams, Savannah, Ga.

Prayers to you and your family.

- Bill and Dianna Hall, Springfield, GA

Dear Jim, Minette & family, I was so sad to hear about the loss of your dear daughter, Lizzie. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this most difficult time. May God who knows your sorrow bring peace, comfort, healing to you and your family not only now, but also in the days ahead. Sincerely, Marcella Mathers

- Marcella Mathers, Fort Myers, Florida

Minette and Jim, We are so sorry and saddened about the loss of your Lizzie. We want you to know that we are here for anything you might need, which is deeply meant. Our thoughts have been and will continue to be with all of you.

- Andrea and Dan Penrod, Savannah , GA

Jim, Minette, and Jon, I am devastated to hear of Lizzie’s passing. She was a wonderful person, and I know you were very proud of her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My heart breaks for you. My condolences and deepest sympathy for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Love, Bill

- Bill Sprague, Savannah, GA

Our hearts truly break for you and Jim. There are absolutely no words to convey our deepest sympathy. We can’t imagine what you all are going through. What a tragic and senseless loss. Please know we will hold you in our hearts during this time. May God’s peace give you comfort. In our thoughts, Rick & Pat

- Pat & Rick Grace, Tampa, Fl

My dearest Minette and your sweet family. I am so sad to hear of Lizzie’s passing from Donna. To have such a young and bright beautiful thing taken away so fast is mind numbing to say the least. Please know I am thinking of you everyday. And as life continues forward, may you find those of us that love you from afar are ready to give you a big hug and today you don’t want to hear any bs. I know you ;). But Lizzie will be present in every drop of goodness you will continue to do. And you WILL. Even though you don’t feel like it today. Be strong, find resilience in the love that surrounds you. And prepare for the squeeze of your life in March! We get to have a wedding together. And I can’t wait to hold you for a extra minute. Much love my dear Minette! Todd Fiscus.

- Todd Fiscus, Dallas, TX

Dear Minette, Jim and Jon, Our hearts are with you. There are no words…..

- Dawn & Dan DeCamp , White Bluff Presbyterian , GA

I am so sorry to hear of Lizzie’s passing. I was on the Fox and Weeks website to look at my mother’s obituary and saw Lizzie. I pray that you can find some comfort in knowing you are in our thoughts and prayers. May her memory be a blessing.

- Loring Wright, Savannah, GA

Minette and family, Deepest sympathies on the passing of your daughter...definitely a life taken too soon. Prayers for peace and comfort during this time.

- Maggie Keenan, Richmond, VA

I am so sorry and sad to hear of the passing of Lizzie. She was one of my most special friends from middle school and I have so many wonderful memories with her, from traveling to see Backstreet Boys and NSYNC back in middle school, lots of fun sleepovers, and passing lots notes throughout classes...we always had so much fun, and I will forever treasure those memories. It has been so long since I had connected with Lizzie, but I thought about her often and felt like we stayed in touch a bit through social media. My sincerest condolences to Lizzie's family and friends. She truly was a special and bright person, and she will be missed! Love you, Lizzie!

- Jenna (Stenzel) Acosta, Tampa, Florida

Minette and Jim, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts are broken. What a beautiful young lady Lizzie became. My memories are still of a pretty young girl all dressed up in her flower girl dress. We send our love and have you in our prayers. Joey Anderson Schwartz

- Jo Ann Schwartz, HIGHLANDS, NC

Jim and Minette I can't even imagine the devastation you feeling right now. My thoughts and prayers are with you - so so sorry for your loss.

- Allison Johnston, Savannah, GA

I have very fond memories of working with Lizzy at Garibaldi in Savannah. My deepest sympathies to everyone who loved her.

- Angela Mari Benjamin, Pottstown, PA

Minette & Jim and wider family, I’m so very very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter. Sending all my love from over the pond and sincere condolences to you all. Rest in peace Lizzie xx

- Jo Ranson , Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Minette, Jim, and Jon- Im not sure where to even start with this note. The pictures of Lizzie tonight were lovely and her beauty, confidence, and brightness shone through in all of them. Em, mom, dad, and I have talked over the past few days of many "Lizzie" stories and growing up with her. She was like our 3rd sister in so many ways. She was our fearless leader when it came to making up a great adventure (in costumes/dress up of course) to undertake in the hidden corners of our neighborhood on Burnside Island. How fitting that she went on to be a writer, something I did not know until reading her obituary. Its challenging to find the right words to say, but please know we will hold her forever in our hearts. Much love to you all.

- Sarah Harper, Savannah, Georgia

We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter . . . No words suffice . . . Stan and Penny Rowland

- Stan and Penny Rowland, Savannah, GA

I am so, so, very sorry for your loss. Lizzie was a wonderful young lady and still is in my heart. Elegance, class, wit, humor, beauty, loyalty, friendship, compassion, are empathy are just a few of her wonderful characteristics. We have been so blessed to have her for as long as we did. I can’t imagine the pain you must be going through, but know that you raised a wonderful daughter. Immense prayers and deepest condolences for your family. She will be forever missed. Roscoe Williams, Charleston, SC.

- Roscoe Williams Jr, Charlston, South Carolina

Minette and family: I am so sorry for the loss of Lizzie. She was a beautiful young lady and I know how proud you were of her. Our prayers are with you now and days ahead. May God grant you comfort and peace!

- Joyce and Rick Lindsey , Richmond Hill, Georgia

Jim and Minette, I learned of Lizzie's passing just yesterday and my heart aches for you. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- JOHN CAMPO, Fort Lauderdale, FL

A candle has been lit!

- Gemma Svensson , Savannah , GA

Lizzie we will miss you so much. God needed another angel so we know you’re in good hands. Love you so much. Linda and Lee

- Lee & Linda Blackstone , Dawsonville , Georgia

Lizzie we will miss you so much. God needed another angel so we know you’re in good hands. Love you so much. Linda and Lee

- Lee & Linda Blackstone , Dawsonville , Georgia

Sincere condolences to Lizzie's family. She worked with me on events over the years - I can't believe this sad news of her sudden passing. She was a real pleasure to work with. What a terrible loss for you all. My deepest sympathy.

- Michael J S Moran, New York, New York

I was Elizabeth's veterinarian in NYC and I'm so saddened to hear this news. She was so dedicated to Mint Julep, which shows what a kind, compassionate soul she was. We will remember her fondly and send our condolences. Dr. Frances Kaminski and the Rivergate Veterinary Clinic

- Frances Kaminski, New York, NY

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel