Wilder, Vt. — Liz Osborn, age 78, a long-time resident of Norwich, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Valley Terrace in Wilder surrounded by family and close friends. Daughter of the late Basil Frank Heath and Iris Winnifred Blachford, Liz was born Elisabeth Margaret Heath on Nov. 19, 1935, in Balham, England. During her early childhood, she and her family experienced the full force of WWII, spending countless nights in air-raid shelters as thousands of bombs were dropped on nearby London.
Liz graduated from Wimbledon High School in Wimbledon, England, in 1952, and from Wimbledon Technical College in 1953. She started her career as a French and German translator for the American Air Forces Europe Exchange. In 1958, Liz became a production secretary for Southern Television. From 1960 to 1963, she worked as a continuity supervisor on several movies at MGM/Twickenham Studios. One of the great highlights of her early career was working as actor Steve McQueen’s personal assistant for the making of the movie “The War Lover.”
In 1963, Liz moved to Panex, Switzerland where she co-wrote and edited screenplays under the name Liz Charles-Williams. In August 1975, the Osborn family immigrated to the United States, where they settled in Norwich. Liz worked for Dartmouth Travel in Hanover, N.H., for many years, becoming an International Travel Agent and Master Cruise Counselor. She also worked for Milne Travel, Anne Rose Travel, and Janet Flanders Travel.
Liz enjoyed her extensive travels throughout the world. She loved flower gardens, spending time with her friends, and reading a wide-range of books. Above all, she was completely devoted to her beloved daughters.
Liz is survived by her three daughters: Lisa Osborn Koitzsch of Waitsfield, Vt., Sophie Osborn of Laramie, Wyo., and Natasha Osborn of Stevensville, Mont.; three sons-in-law, Ky Koitzsch, Chad Olson, and Craig Coonrad; her brothers, Andrew Heath and Julian Heath, their wives Paula and Jenny, and daughters, Joyce and Sophia; her cousin, Jillean Williams; her stepdaughters, Kimberley Berlin and Dana Osborn; and her stepson, Christopher Osborn.
Her family would like to offer their profound thanks for the compassion, love, and extraordinary care that the staff at Valley Terrace offered Liz during her prolonged struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. Very special thanks, also, to her devoted friends Cathy Girard and Paula Dennison.
An informal celebration of Liz Osborn’s life will be held Friday, April 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Valley Terrace, 2820 Christian Street (Route 5) in Wilder.
Instead of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted in Liz’s name to the Lucy McKenzie Humane Society, PO Box 702, Brownsville, VT 05037, or the Valley Terrace Community Garden Fund, 2820 Christian Street, White River Junction, VT 05001.