Elizabeth Araminta Marie Closs

May 9, 1996April 11, 2015

Elizabeth Araminta Marie Closs, 18, of Lynchburg, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015. She was the biological daughter of Matthew Benedict Closs and Rachel Ann Sowell, and step-daughter of Vanessa Closs.

Lizzy was a loving, free spirited young women. Her sudden passing has left us all deeply saddened; but, we know she is with her Heavenly Father, and we will see her again!

In addition to her parents, Lizzy is survived by her siblings, Eugene Andrew Stanton Closs, Darrah Meyer, Kayla Meyer, Jackson Closs, and Aiden Sowell; her paternal grandparents, Robert and Roberta Closs, of Lynchburg, Va ; maternal grandparents, Kenneth Stanton and Myra Foster-Feagin, of Texas; great-grandparents, Jean Foster, and Shirley Stanton, of Texas; uncles, Bryan, and Michael Closs, of Lynchburg, Va, and Kyle Williford, of Texas; aunts, Connie, Neva and Jennifer Closs, of Lynchburg, and Jamie Stanton, and Cassie Williford of Texas; cousins, Amber, Ashley, and Caitlyn Closs, of Lynchburg, and Lillie Williford, and Shane Hudson, of Texas; as well as many 2nd and 3rd cousins, and friends from all over the country.

A memorial service will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Lynchburg First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Stephen Willis officiating.

The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made, in her honor, to the Lynchburg Humane Society, 1211 Old Graves Mill Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24502.

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Whitten Timberlake Chapel, 7404 Timberlake Rd., Lynchburg, VA, 24502, (434) 239-0331, is serving the family.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 18, 2015

Elizabeth Araminta Marie Closs

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patty love

May 5, 2015

Patty bucci love lizzy's great aunt

Mary Ann Ward

April 21, 2015

Dear Family: We, the families of The Compassionate Friends, send you our heartfelt condolences. The Compassionate Friends is an international grief support group for parents, grandparents and siblings who have suffered the heartbreaking loss of a child. Our only mission is to provide comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter, brother or sister, or grandchild, and to help others better assist the grieving family. We meet monthly in Columbus from 7-9 PM on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43229. If and when you are ready to do so, please join us. We Need Not Walk Alone. We are The Compassionate Friends.
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Columbus, OH Chapter


April 20, 2015

Bessy-I still can not believe that you are gone. I miss you so much.
Friends-do not waste your time of frivolous things. Seek God while He may be found! Love while you can. Give while you can. Be kind to everyone you meet. Our time on this earth is but a breath.

Bill & Serina Hawkins

April 18, 2015

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are overwhelmed with heartache & sympathy for each of you. We pray that God will stretch his arms of comfort & grace around you each in your time of loss!

Aunt Missy Burchfield

April 17, 2015

Ah, baby girl, what will the world do without such a bright and shining light? You have been a symbol of hope and all that is good in the world for your mother and so many others. Your absence leaves a hole that will never be filled. May you be welcomed with joy and celebration in the halls of your Ancestors, and may the happy memories of a life lived out loud bring as much healing and peace as possible to those left behind. Our love follows you throughout the stars as you travel on toward the next part of your journey. You will ever remain in our hearts. Hail Bess!

Vanessa Closs

April 17, 2015

Lizzy...I can't begin to explain what I am feeling at this moment. You were such a joy to watch grow up these past 10 years. I am blessed to have been called your step-mom. I just wish that I would have told you more often that I love you. You may be gone, but you are never forgotten. I love you Lizzy!

Calvin candler

April 16, 2015

Matt, Vanessa and Rachel, there are no words. Our deepest condolences to each of you and your family. God will hold you and carry each of you. She is in a beautiful place now.
God Bless each of you!
Diane Foster Ray Candler and Calvin (Pete) Candler

Tina Catron

April 16, 2015

My heart goes out to the family. Even though I have not seen Bess since she was little I thought of her often.

Monika Lankford

April 16, 2015

So sorry for your loss. May God touch your spirit during this time of sadness and keep you comforted with sweet memories.

April 16, 2015

Bryan and Connie, my prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. Sonny Hicks,Evington, VA