The Elizabeth Jane Jacobson Memorial Research Fund

The Elizabeth Jane Jacobson Memorial Research Fund

Elizabeth Jane Jacobson, beloved daughter, cherished sister, and adored aunt died at home in Santa Rosa, California on January 8th, 2012 after a valiant battle with a rare cancer.

“Liz”, “Beth”, “B”, was born ten weeks early on February 20, 1957 to Lyle and Elizabeth Jacobson; the second of three daughters. She grew up in Franklin, Michigan as part of a large, extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Liz was a shy, sweet, artistic and affectionate child who matured into a remarkably beautiful, kind, generous, warm, and loving woman. Liz adored nature, birds, wildflowers, gardening, cats, politics, books and music. She gave liberally to support many causes, particularly those that provided environmental stewardship or cared for the poor and vulnerable.

Liz was fiercely, but unassumingly intelligent. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English in 1980 and cum laude from Empire College of Law in 1995. She was admitted to the California Bar in 1999. Although she never practiced law, she was a valued employee of Federated Insurance Company where she worked as a Liability Claims Supervisor.

Liz’s most significant title, however, was “Auntie B.” To her seven nieces and nephews, she was an adored playmate, cheerleader, and co-conspirator. She took pride in all of their achievements, sincerely believed they were destined for greatness, and gave them unconditional love and acceptance. In turn, Liz was cherished by her entire family, many of whom visited her from across the country during her short illness. She leaves a legacy of compassion, acceptance, and boundless love that will endure forever, and a void in the heart of our family that will never be filled.

Liz is survived by her mother and father, Elizabeth and Lyle Jacobson, her sister Joanne Jacobson, brother in law Mark Minturn, and their children: Christina Shahkar, Henry, Megan, and Grace Minturn; and by her sister Margaret Jacobson, brother in law Richard McClenahan and their children: Joe, Andrew, and Michael McClenahan. In addition, she leaves behind many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. She is also survived by her devoted dog, Bella.

Her family would like to thank Memorial Hospice and Dr. Gary Johansen who cared for her so lovingly during her final days, Dr. Delphine Ong who followed her with great sensitivity and compassion during her cancer journey, and George and Brenda Arthun who helped us in innumerable ways.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the LeioMyoSarcoma Direct Research Foundation (, or the National Resources Defense Council ( A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2013.

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