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:
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.