The Memory of Elizabeth Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell, a 19-year-old Communications major in Regent University’s School of Undergraduate studies, went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2012
Lauren Pell | Photo courtesy of Sierra Patel
Many of her friends describe Blackwell as energetic, positive, and always willing to help her friends. “She was very bubbly and animated… we were able to laugh and joke like we had been friends for years because of her welcoming personality,” said Jean-Marie Cheney, Blackwell’s friend.
Cheney and Blackwell would jokingly say they were twins because they both were tall. Cheney says that Blackwell was easy to talk to about anything “because she wasn’t the kind of person to judge others; she would listen with undivided attention and help others with their problems in whatever way she could,” she said.
“She could always laugh and joke even when she had a bad day,” said Justin O’Neal, another friend.
Blackwell was a commuter to the University, but that did not stop her from making friends. “I will always remember her as someone who would stop at nothing to make sure that everyone had a smile on their face and always felt included in whatever happened to be going on,” Cheney said. Reginald Smith, another friend, said Blackwell was always smiling.
“She was very kind to people and always would greet random people wherever we went and start very comfortable and casual conversation with them as if they had known each other for years!” said Sierra Patel, who was one of her closest friends at Regent.
Carlos Priester, another friend of Blackwell’s, also said that Blackwell really had a heart for people. “Whenever you would need help she always did her best to help,” he said.
“That is what made her so unique – her ability to love unconditionally and make friends so easily,” Cheney said. “She had such a charismatic personality that people couldn’t help but want to friends with her and feel comfortable around her.”
She was also unique because of her fearless spirit, according to Patel. “She never let fear stop her from doing what she wanted to do,” Patel said. She embraced every situation openly and comfortably, and because of this I believe she was really able to live her life more fully than most who let things, people, or circumstances hold them back.”
Because of her father’s military duties, Blackwell lived in several different places, including Japan. This inspired her love for travel. “We were always talking about where we were going to vacation to or where we wanted to live,” said Patel. “She loved to travel and see new places and try new things.”
Not only was her heart unique, but her style was unique too. According to Cheney, Blackwell described her style as “modern hippie.” Her “trademark” was a flower in her hair, and because of that, she was dubbed “Flower Girl,” by her friends, according to Cheney. Patel said that “her clothes in general were very colorful and reflected her personality. She was in to reggae,” and that influenced her style of bright colors and patterns.
“I’ll remember to enjoy life’s little things a little more because of her,” said O’Neal.