Elizabeth Richey McHugh
August 24, 1983 – June 6, 2018
Elizabeth Richey McHugh, 34, of Annville, formerly of Seattle, WA, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital, Camp Hill following her battle with kidney disease. Beth was vibrant and fun to be around and her spirit and courage were admired by her medical providers during these months.
Beth was born August 24, 1983, in Harrisburg and she is survived by her mother, Anne M. Leisure, of Annville and her husband Randall; her father, Eugene N. McHugh, of Mechanicsburg and his wife Deborah; brother Gene McHugh and his wife Ann Hirsch of Los Angeles; step-sisters Nicole Popovich and husband Eric of Greensboro North Carolina, Kristen Penn and husband Joshua of Marysville PA, and Kaity Leisure Moreira of Chicago, ILL; step-brother Zachary Leisure of Highland Park, NJ; her grandmother Kathleen McHugh of Mechanicsburg; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces.
Beth grew up in Camp Hill and graduated from Camp Hill High School. She received her BA in East Asian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, her BSN from Drexel University and was pursuing a Masters in Nursing and Global Public Health at University of Washington. She was a dedicated and caring nurse and was recognized by her hospital and peers for her skill and compassion in the field of nursing.
Beth had an adventurous spirit and loved traveling. As a high school student she participated in the Rotary Student Exchange program, spending a school year in Taiwan. As a college student, she spent a semester in Beijing. She spent one summer backpacking through Europe and visiting friends from her times as an exchange student. After graduating from college, she journeyed to India to teach English to Tibetan refugees.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 16, 2018 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral, 221 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, June 15, 2018 in the Neill Funeral Home, 3401 Market St., Camp Hill. A reception will follow the service at the Dauphin County Bar Association. A private burial will be held in Rolling Green Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, 215 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA or to Doctors Without Borders at doctorswithoutborders.org.
Elizabeth Richey McHugh
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June 11, 2018
I too have numerous memories with Beth. We only met in 2012 in Seattle, but became friends instantly. We have remained close friends ever since then. My favorite movies are the ones with Melissa McCarthy starring. Beth would always accompany me to the newest release, the last one being The Spy and we’d laugh so hard!
She was always pulling me out for an adventure that I usually needed! We took a ferry boat to the San Juan islands for a weekend to do some whale watching. Beth really enjoyed spotting whales breach the surface, she made an audibly giddy sound that proved her excitement.
So many more memories for me to cherish.
June 11, 2018
So many wonderful and fun childhood memories with Beth. There are too many and it is hard to choose just one. The one I will share happened when we were probably 10 or 11. Beth was spending the night at my house for New Years Eve and we had spent hours cutting small pieces of paper into confetti to toss at midnight. I even remember we kept them in small little Dixie cups. Well around 11:55 we got our cups ready as we stood anxiously awaiting for the big Time Square ball drop. All of a sudden (unbeknownst to us) a commercial came on that started the big countdown and ended in HAPPY NEW YEAR!, so we quickly threw our confetti everywhere. To this day I can see the look on Beth’s face when we realized what had happened- it went from total shock to total meltdown of giggles. We laughed so hard as we desperately tried to pick up our paper scraps before the actual countdown with Dick Clark began. There are so so so many memories filled with laughter that happened with Beth. I am without words to describe how sad I am to hear that she is gone. As I go through boxes of old pictures, movie tickets, school notes and other random things I kept from my youth I am constantly reminded of how big a presence she was in my life. My heart goes out to all of Beth’s family.
Rita and Bob Selemba
June 10, 2018
Dear Gene and family....
We extend our sincere sympathy on the loss of your beautiful daughter. May God comfort you in your time of need and may she Rest In Peace in the arms of our loving God.