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Elizabeth Cawns November 11, 1962 - June 24, 2023

  Services:  Memorial Service will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 110 North Warson Road,  St. Louis, Missouri, 63124 on Saturday, September 2 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be private.  Live-streaming available at:


Interment will be private.




Elizabeth Carrick Cawns

Elizabeth is the beloved daughter of Albert and Sheila Cawns; sister of Jennifer Clark (Shawn); and aunt to Ariel and Ian Clark and had many cousins. She was born in St. Louis on November 11, 1962.  Over her life, she lived in New York, Connecticut, and Louisiana. She returned to St. Louis where she lived for several years before she passed away after a long illness on June 24, 2023.

Elizabeth was a great academic with a BA in Literature (Webster University), a Master of Divinity (Yale University Divinity School), a Master of Sacred Music (Yale University Institute of Sacred Music), a Ph.D. in Theater Studies (Louisiana State University).  She loved teaching, and her students loved her.

She received several academic honors and prizes at Yale:

Religion and Arts Prize
Wolcott-Calkins Prize for excellence in clear and vigorous public speaking
St. Luke’s Prize from the Berkley Divinity School

Elizabeth loved being with the Yale alumni in St. Louis.  She enjoyed her weekly meetings with the Yale Women Wednesday Group each week.  It was one of the high points in her week.  She was an active member of the Yale Club of St. Louis and served as a vice-president.

She loved opera and the theater.  She worked for opera companies in Sarasota, Florida; Buffalo, New York; and Cincinnati, Ohio.  In St. Louis, she earned her Actors’ Equity stage managing card for her work with The New Theater.

She had many talents and interests.  She was a paralegal and worked for several law firms in New York and St. Louis.

One of her talents was sewing. She designed and made some of her own clothes and also for her family and friends.  One season, she worked in the costume shop at St. Louis Opera Theater in St. Louis where she learned many new sewing techniques.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 110 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO, 63124, or to a charity of your choice.

Services:  Memorial Service will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 110 North Warson Road,  St. Louis, Missouri, 63124 on Saturday, September 2 at 11:00 a.m.  Live-streaming available at:

Interment will be private.



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    Helen Flint says

    I remember a young woman with promise to share; and she is still sharing.
    The Lord be with her.

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    Laurie Brown says

    Dear Cawns Family,
    May flights of angels sing Elizabeth to heaven. My love and condolences to you. Unfortunately I am unable to attend the funeral in person due to plans I can not change. I will be thinking of you on Sept. 2nd, I will watch on live stream.

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    Anne Worcester says

    I learned this evening that Elizabeth (“Lisa” to her childhood friends) had passed away and already this world has less vibrancy to it. We played “dress up” together as little girls and had engaging conversations as older adults and I was always the better for it. Elizabeth was indeed a “curious woman with a sharp mind” (Sabine McDowell) who kept me on my toes with her wit, intellect, and downright charm. I hope that she’s resting well now, in one of her beautiful floral-patterned dresses and accompanying hat–with a fine cup of tea at her side. You will be missed, my almost-old friend from a time gone by.

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    Barbara Finch says

    Elizabeth managed to accomplish an enormous amount in her 60 years here! Deepest sympathy to you, Al and Sheila. May Elizabeth’s memory always be a blessing to those who knew and loved her.

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    Godofredo Herzog says

    Deepest condolences and sorry for your loss

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    Dan says

    We feel Elizabeth’s absence dearly. Her voice in our group was a mainstay for the innumerable years she dedicated to us. It is all too apparent that there is now less light in the world.

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    Yale Club of St. Louis says

    The Yale Club of St. Louis would like to extend our deepest condolences. Elizabeth had been a pillar within our club for many years and served in various roles, the most recent being Vice President. She had a deep passion for theatrical arts, and her heart for the community was infectious. Elizabeth will be deeply missed, and the Club will make sure to commemorate her service. Rest in Heavenly Peace Elizabeth, we love you.

    Your Yale Club of St. Louis

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    Sabine McDowell says

    We had so much fun knitting together. She was a curious woman with a sharp mind and I’ll miss her!
    She is finally pain free. Praise God.

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