In Memoriam – Liz Day

lizTribute to Liz Day

As you probably know, Elizabeth “Liz” Day passed away last year, on May 2, 2018. She was Membership Chair for TSABAA from 2012 to 2017. I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about Liz.

Liz was born in Kingsville and lived in Texas all her life except for one year spent in Connecticut. She was a wife and mother, and a civil servant, working for the State of Texas in various capacities for over 30 years. Liz attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology; she was also a Certified Public Accountant.

Liz started her professional career while at the University of Texas at Austin, after working there as she was earning her degree. She served as Financial Manager for the Texas Lottery Commission from 1994 to 1999. Then, from 1999 to 2006, Liz was with the Texas Department of Insurance as Accounting Manager. From 2006 to 2008, she was worked as Manager of the Change Management Section with the Comptroller of Public Accounts. In 2008, Liz moved to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality where she served as Chief Financial Officer until 2017, when she retired.

Liz loved art, the theatre, clocks, baseball, and a good mystery novel. She supported local artists and businesses and enjoyed local artisan craft shows. She was a stickler for grammar, loved Dansko clogs and the color purple.

Liz was a valued member of TSABAA and always a fixture at the conferences and bi-monthly meetings. She offered her experience and guidance to all of us in TSABAA and she is greatly missed.

“Death is not a period that ends the great sentence of life, but a comma that punctuates it to more lofty significance. Death is not a blind alley that leads the human race into a state of nothingness, but an open door which leads man into life eternal.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr., Eulogy for the Martyred Children

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