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Elizabeth Ann Pluhta

23 mayo , 197926 abril , 2019
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Elizabeth Ann Pluhta-Inman passed away on April 26, 2019. She was surrounded by friends and loved ones at the time of her passing, and will be eternally missed by all those who were fortunate enough to know her. She was born on May 23rd, 1979 in Pullman, Washington and is survived by her husband, Brendon, their beloved Dauschund Quincy, by her parents Mary and Joseph (Pete) Pluhta, and by her brother Michael Pluhta. Elizabeth worked as the Vice President of Administration at South Seattle College, and had served the campus in other capacities since 2004. Elizabeth graduated from Pullman High School, secured her undergraduate education at Gonzaga, her masters at the University of Washington, and her PhD at Seattle University.

Elizabeth was a tireless advocate for education, and was passionate about helping ensure access for under served students to college education. One of her proudest achievements was being one of the leaders in establishing the 13th Year Promise Scholarship at South Seattle College in 2011. This program has now been expanded to a city-wide program for all of the Seattle Colleges, guaranteeing access to post High School education for all residents.

In her spare time, Elizabeth loved 90's hip hop, in addition to an eclectic mix of rock and roll music. She also loved going out to dinner and drinks with friends on the weekends, and exploring the newest hot spot on the Seattle restaurant scene. Elizabeth was always very honest with those closest to her, and loved to tell stories and laugh, often at the expense of her friends and loved ones! Elizabeth cherished opportunities to travel, see the world, and also to just spend time to unwind and relax in a warm place poolside with her favorite cocktail.

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  • Memorial Service jueves, 2 mayo , 2019

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Angel Nelson

2 mayo , 2019

Working for Elizabeth was an absolute pleasure. She greeted me with kindness and compassion over the years and always made a point of telling me to "stay positive!" even as she was going through so much in her personal life. Graceful, compassionate and fair, she was always there as an ear to listen or shoulder to cry on and I will miss her tremendously. We all will. Thank you Liz, for everything- for helping me navigate school, for leading my department, for standing up for us when we needed to be heard. Thank you.

Deacon Dianne Lowe

2 mayo , 2019

Her friends in Pullman and Moscow remember that her life was a bright light to all who knew her. I am sorry for your loss. May the warm embrace of friends and family (ours included,) comfort you.

Dallas Llamas

1 mayo , 2019

Elizabeth was an extremely loving, giving, fun, and overall beautiful soul to be around. I met her back in 2008 because she was close friends to my friend Erica. We had many good times together and one in particular I will cherish always was at Erica’s bachelorette party. Elizabeth loved rap music like myself and she would belt it out with me without hesitation like a boss 💪🏽👊🏽😁😎🎶 Her presence here on this earth will be missed greatly but she will always be in our hearts and with us and I will smile every time I’m listening to my music and think only fond memories of her beautiful face and soul 🙏🏽💕 RIP and love always Elizabeth

Jo Ann Thompson

1 mayo , 2019

Elizabeth (or as we always called her, Izzy Bee) was our daughter Jessica's best friend in middle school and high school. She and Jessica spent countless hours together at our house and we were so pleased when her parents agreed she could go with us on our family vacation to Hawaii for a month. It is so hard to imagine this young, vibrant spirit as gone from this world,. Her "take no crap" attitude, her humor (she nicknamed my husband, Pappy, and always called him that whenever she saw him), her "smarts", her savvy approach to everything she encountered , and her competitive, winning spirit will continue to keep her alive in our hearts for years to come.

Jessica Conte

1 mayo , 2019

Elizabeth was so important. She was so important to me. She was so important to our doctoral program - and very likely the reason my dissertation passed inspection through her numerous edits and that I made it through long Saturdays with the promise of happy hour at the end. She was so important to the thousands of students that she impacted directly and indirectly each day. She was so important to the many individuals she impacted that saw firsthand how important it was to have women in leadership. She made ME feel important each and every time we spoke, even as she went through one hell of a battle. I feel like the world got cheated out of seeing just how big of an impact she would make. And I promise to make sure her incredible impact on my life impacts my approach to education, friends, and leadership. Cheers to your beautiful life, friend - I will celebrate the legacy you have left - starting with a sampler, tapas, and an extra glass of wine. I love you so much, friend.

Hilary Myers

30 abril , 2019

I have fond memories of times with Elizabeth, Erin, Amber, Tiahna, and Lisa at her house on Sunnyside hill. Sleepovers, prank phone calls, cruising, BOYS, just teenage girl stuff. So sad to hear of her passing. Way too young! Hope she is surrounded by dachshunds now, she always loved them. Rest in peace, friend. ♡

John Patterson

30 abril , 2019

Elizabeth was one of the first friends I made in Pullman at Sunnyside Elementary School. We used to shout together, jump on beds, get rowdy and loud to make each other laugh. We grew apart as we grew older, but she was kind enough to reach out to me again in Seattle decades later. She was sweet, kind and beautiful. It breaks my heart to hear she is gone so soon. I'm sending love and peace to her and her family. God bless you, Elizabeth. Thank you for being in my life.

Christy & Brad Hardin (Slatton)

30 abril , 2019

I remember the first night Brad and I met Elizabeth. It was at a Hargis Christmas party in West Seattle. She had introduced herself to us and asked us where we were from. When I told her I was from Louisiana, she instantly shouted, “I love the Southeastern Conference!” She also proceeded to tell me about her fascination with good fried chicken and New Orleans. After the conversation, I asked Brad, “Do you think she was making fun of us?” I mean, she was so emphatic to know we had gone to LSU and Auburn. Our experience with Seattleites up to that point was indicative of the “Seattle Freeze”. This person could not be sincere, could she?

Seven years later, I can confirm her sincerity.

Dr. Elizabeth Pluhta (Inman) was other-worldly. She was intelligent, accomplished, professional, fun, sarcastic, brazen, unapologetic, and physically stunning. She was the type of woman whom women wanted to both be and hate.

I, too, would have hated her but I fell in love with our friend. As everyone reading this post was in love with her too.

And why wouldn’t we be in love with her? She loved hip hop, gluten-filled donuts (Top Pot only, no Mighty-O), Axl Rose, champagne and a brown dachshund named Quincy. She was spunky, driven and believed in women’s rights. She was such a proud, independent person she rarely let her guard down to let us know the pain she was undergoing. She did not want anyone to feel sorry for her. She just wanted to resume a normal existence.

Our time with Elizabeth was cut far too short. But our lives are forever blessed by knowing her.

We will forever love you, Boo.

Hugs,
Christy & Brad (Hardin) Slatton

John Bowers

30 abril , 2019

I worked in an office adjacent to Elizabeth for several years at South, and we both represented South on the faculty contract negotiation team. She was consistently smart, insightful, and dedicated to student success. I'll personally remember all the times she stopped by my office before heading home. I often stayed late to spend some time focused on my dissertation, and we shared stories of graduate studies, dissertation committees, and just trying to finish. Of course, she got her doctorate well before I did. She was a champion and she'll be missed.

Amy Morrison

30 abril , 2019

I have had the good fortune of knowing Elizabeth (or EP, as I affectionately referred to her as in our 20 years of emails) since we first worked together at Bates in the late 1990's. Even then, Elizabeth was whip smart, funny with a bold laugh, and focused on moving forward with her career, while serving our beloved colleges and students.

Elizabeth was wise, polished, and professional well beyond her years. This is undoubtedly why she was able to accomplish so much in her painfully short time with us.

It is a privilege to call EP a good colleague and friend for so many years.


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