Obituary: Elizabeth S. Rutherford

Ms. Rutherford, 94, of Winter Garden, died Sunday, April 12, 2020.


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Elizabeth S. Rutherford, aged 94, passed away April 12, 2020, at Health Central Park Nursing and Rehabilitation in Winter Garden of natural causes. She is predeceased by her husband, Richard Rutherford; her parents, Miriam and Alden Eslby; and her brother and sister, John Eslby and Mary Burkhardt.

Elizabeth was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She is survived by her son, Robert Rutherford (Laura Rutherford); and her granddaughter, Emily Rutherford, who was the light of her life during the last two decades of her life. The Rutherfords live in Ocoee.

Elizabeth, who went by “Betty” for the first 65 years of her life, worked as a bank teller for many years, then worked as a teachers aid at Hiawassee Elementary for 20 years, retiring at age 65. She also worked at Sylvan Learning Center for many years.

No services are planned at the present time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she will be cremated at Woodlawn Cemetery and her remains will be placed next to her husband there. A memorial will be planned for some time in the not-too-distant future.