Elizabeth Frances Bartlett passed away at home on October 25, 2017 under the loving care of Bertha Harper, Adriana Garcia, and Bertha Velazco. She is survived by her daughter Margaret Silliker and son-in-law John Ryan, her niece and nephews and their families, Felix, and a large circle of true friends. Elizabeth grew up in Fresno California where she traded the family rooster for her beloved goat, Bill. She earned a BA in Art History at Smith College and then briefly worked in New York as an executive assistant for the television producer Allen Funt. After returning to California she married John Silliker. The couple moved to Park Forest in the Chicago area. While raising a family, Elizabeth learned to sew, she built theatrical sets for Children’s Community theater, became an avid golfer, and she helped her husband launch a successful independent food testing laboratory. The family relocated to Southern California in the early 1970’s. After a divorce Elizabeth became disabled, but she built a full life. From her wheelchair she gardened, became an expert seamstress for family and friends, and discovered her true love, the computer. She devised complex spreadsheets for her investments and delighted her friends with her elaborately designed cards produced expertly in Photoshop. At the end of her 92 years most of her faculties were failing her, except her sense of humor.

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  1. She was a wonderful friend to have and we will all miss her very much. We feel so honored and fortunate that Elizabeth was our dear friend for 32 years. We will miss her love and kindness but most of all her wit, especially when we called her for help. Today is a blessed day for Elizabeth, she is now at peace. Good by dear friend.

  2. Elizabeth enriched my life with her wisdom, cool sense of humor and tenacity to overcome at all odds. She was amazing, didn’t complain and was the brightest person I ever met. We had many great conversation about politics. Margaret and her husband John were the joy of her life. Elizabeth was an inspiration to me and her friends. I will miss her terribly.

  3. Elizabeth will forever hold a special place in my heart. We shared a love for our cats and the company they gave us. We also shared a love for gardening. Her homegrown Kale was the best. Her friends were very important to her and she was loved by all. Rest in Peace, dear Elizabeth.

  4. Elizabeth’s great wit and mischievous smile will be missed. She was thoughtful and held her close friends close to her heart. Her generosity over the years that she and I were friends will always be how I think of her. Blessings to her family.

  5. Elizabeth was my friend. We shared many stories and she always laughed at my calamitous life experiences. Elizabeth was so very smart and helpful. She had that mischievous sparkle in her eyes which always made me wish that I had known her as a youngster. I loved her so and will miss visiting her regularly. I am, however, so happy that she is free from the bonds of her tired body. Her spirit will live forever in my heart.

  6. Elizabeth’s intellect was like a laser beam that illuminated the wisdom to be learned from life’s dilemmas. I learned to face adversity with my face held high and shoulders squared from her example. She dared to suffer fools – to respond to those of us feeling lost and confused with compassion and hope. She is nestled in my heart with all the luminaries I’ve been blessed to know and love.

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