In Memory

Elizabeth 'Dibby' Huntszinger (Ensign) - Class Of 1934

Elizabeth 'Dibby' Huntszinger (Ensign)

Elizabeth "Dibby", our loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2007. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her dear husband, Richard B. Ensign, to whom she was married for 59 years.

Elizabeth was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 3, 1915. Her childhood was spent in Greenwich, Connecticut and San Marino, California. She attended the Bishops School in La Jolla, California, graduated from South Pasadena High School, and then attended Briar Cliff College in New York. Elizabeth trained for a singing career as a "Lyric Soprano", was a member of the Pasadena chorus, and a member of a chorus for the USO during World War II. Elizabeth and Richard married in 1943 and together they raised five children. The family moved to Tucson in 1958 where Elizabeth devoted herself to her children and grandchildren and charitable work as a member of The Junior League.

Elizabeth will always be remembered for her gentle, kindhearted, and optimistic nature. She was a loving, beautiful person who cared deeply for her family, friends, pets, and the world around her. She never had an unkind word for anyone and championed for the underdog. Elizabeth was easy-going and inquisitive. She was willing to go along with any adventure her children or grandchildren took her on. Elizabeth loved music, the arts, traveling, and trying new foods. She was loved by everyone who knew her and she will be greatly missed. Elizabeth is survived by her sister, Dorothy Patrick, by her five children; Deborah Ensign, Richard Ensign, Jr., Pamela Ensign, Diane Ensign, and Timothy Ensign (Yvette), by her seven grandchildren; Laura Lewnes (George), Tara King Taylor (Byron), Jennifer Lake-Wright (William), Matthew King, and Lauren, Jenna, and Ryan Ensign. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Alendra and Draegan Lake-Wright, and was expecting a third in October. Her family would like to thank all the wonderful people who helped care for her following her stroke in 2003, especially Angie Gaynor, her other loving caregivers, and the staff and volunteers at Casa de la Luz Hospice. 

Arizona Daily Star, September 13, 2007