Following the service by the Rev. Sara Webb Phillips at A.S. Turner and Sons, burial was in Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs.
Born April 17, 1919, at Mud Creek, she was the daughter of the late Cincinnatus Sylvanus and Carrie Wheeler Grier. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Harry T. Fenn; her son, Donald R. Fenn; her brother, Oscar Grier; and her infant sister, Modena Grier.
She married Harry Talbot Fenn June 8, 1946, at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory campus in Atlanta.
Following her marriage and while raising her children, she worked alongside her husband to build a successful attorney-CPA firm in Chamblee. She also played an active, though behind-the-scenes role, for the many civic organization boards on which her husband served.
Much beloved by her family and friends, she was fiercely loyal and hardworking, generous and sharing her time and many talents. An accomplished needle worker, she taught herself to tat after she had turned 80. She then shared this skill and her talents in other needle crafts, teaching classes at the Life Enrichment Program of DeKalb County.
An avid genealogist, she documented and shared extensive research on her family history. She earned and enjoyed her role as matriarch at family reunions.
She was active in local civic organizations, notably serving multiple terms on the board of the DeKalb Grand Jurors Association.
Renowned for her green thumb, she enjoyed gardening and could grow almost anything from seed or cutting.
Elizabeth is survived by her son, Frank S. Fenn of Atlanta; daughter and son-in-law, Harriet F. and Robert L. Gilmer of Anderson, S.C.; grandson, Frank J. “Josh” Fenn of Richmond Hill; sister and brother-in-law, Mary G. and Billy Sowell of Crescent; and many nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista, Atlanta, GA 30319.
The Northeast Georgian
January 11, 2013