Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC


Elizabeth Todd Heckel

February 24, 1953March 19, 2020

Elizabeth Todd Heckel was born on February 24, 1953 in Columbia, SC and passed away on March 19, 2020.


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Lil Hayes

March 27, 2020

I met Elizabeth in the 90s through volunteer work with the JDRF. What a fierce, joyful woman! It is hard to explain what having someone like her to look up to was like, to have another grown woman who was also a lifelong T1D, and "spoke my language". We would see each other every now and then, and when I saw her after my son was diagnosed, she hugged me so hard. We will be without our most outspoken advocate and friend.

Ali Rizvi

March 27, 2020

A true friend and humanitarian. Patients with diabetes have lost a champion. All of us in the arena of diabetes care have lost a sincere colleague and fellow advocate. I take solace in knowing that her legacy of friendship, warmth, and service will endure.

Arlene Andrews

March 27, 2020

Elizabeth was at once gentle and powerful, driven by compassion. She had an impressive ability to express concern with good cheer. I always felt uplifted after I happened to see her. My heart goes out to her family, may her spirit stay strong among you. Our world is better for her having been among us, though dimmer now without her.
- Arlene

Kay Garrett

March 26, 2020

It is so hard to think that I will never be able to talk to Elizabeth again . She meant so much to me through our years as diabetes educators and just friends. Her devotion to the people inSouth Carolina with diabetes will be greatly missed.

gail Ginsberg

March 26, 2020

Every so often there comes along someone whose spirit and soul penetrate all those with whom they come in contact. Elizabeth was one of those lovely souls whom everyone loved. I feel privileged to have known such an inspiring woman. Elizabeth will be missed by all those type 1 diabetics she influenced and by all others who were fortunate enough to be touched by her in some way.

Jean Parker

March 26, 2020

So sorry. Elizabeth was a shining light to me and to my daughter.

Takiyah Curry

March 26, 2020

Elizabeth was truly a bright light everywhere she went. I always looked forward to our chats about life and her words of encouragement. Elizabeth impacted and changed so many lives throughout her career. Your memory will live forever in all our hearts.

Takiyah Curry

R. E. Makhuli

March 25, 2020

Liz always told me:

"We teach what we most need to learn."

She will always be my friend /sister! ♡

Diana Ortiz

March 25, 2020

Elizabeth, Thank you for all the encouraging words and hugs especially when I lost my daddy. I will truly miss you walking around FMC sharing your stories. I will also miss my little notes with a piece of chocolate candy and that sweet smile. Heaven has truly gained a special Angel.
Rest in Peace Sweet Friend and tell my Daddy I love him and miss him dearly.
Always and Forever,
Diana - FMC

Edi McNinch

March 24, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with her many friends and family. Everyone who knew Elizabeth loved her. She was compassionate and caring . She loved her profession and working with her patients , students and her many friends across the state of SC. If you walked in a room with strangers and if Elizabeth was there, she would always make you feel welcome. We had many fun times at meetings and diabetes events over the years. She was the perfect example of a southern lady, in her appearance and her manners,an excellent ambassador for those with diabetes and a well respected healthcare professional. Her faith was great so that we know our loss was Heaven's gain. She has left a legacy that won't be soon forgotten, she will be missed.