Elizabeth Anne Beers: July 19, 1968 – January 3, 2022
Elizabeth was born Elizabeth Anne Flumach to Robert and Gene Flumach in Balboa, Panama (Canal Zone), the eldest of five children including her brother Robert, her sisters Pam and Catherine and her brother Stephen. Known as Liz to most who knew her from a young age, she was a bright child who developed interests in books, writing and music. she loved to sing and play the piano and guitar. Under the guidance of her father, she found a strong faith and community in the Catholic Church. She made friends very easily regardless of her nationality or background and grew naturally learning Spanish as well as English fluently.
Elizabeth graduated from Balboa High School in 1986, where she met her future husband John Beers. She attended Panama Canal College until joining John in Miami, Florida where she did her college education at the University of Miami and Florida International University and changed her major to education. In 1991, Elizabeth and John married, while she continued to work and pursue her studies. After graduating from high school, she entered the teaching field, primarily teaching reading, and throughout her career she had students ranging from elementary school through middle school.
In 1994 the couple moved from Miami and bought their first home in Davie, and Elizabeth taught reading at Pines Middle School and later became a reading coordinator at Barry University. In 1996, Elizabeth and John welcomed their first son Matthew. Elizabeth continued her education, earning her Masters of Education from Nova Southeastern University. In 1998 the couple were heartbroken when Elizabeth suffered a miscarriage, but in 1999 they welcomed their second son Benjamin and in 2000 their youngest David. Elizabeth also became more involved in Church service, volunteering to bring Holy Communion to the elderly and housebound.
Finding that their two-bedroom townhouse was becoming cramped for their growing family, when John received a job opportunity in Rockledge, Florida in 2004, the couple moved to Brevard County, where housing was more affordable. . Elizabeth continued her teaching career at Cambridge Elementary School, but eventually became disenchanted with the public education system and became a part-time adjunct reading teacher at Brevard Community College, later Eastern Florida State College. She remained active in the Church, joining the lay Carmelites, participating in reading at Mass, in small Christian communities and taught religious education and vacation Bible school at Notre-Dame de Lourdes. As the children grew, she and her husband also volunteered in their activities as adult Cub Scout and Scout leaders and enjoyed learning outdoor skills with them.
After Matthew finished primary school, Elizabeth convinced John that it was better to homeschool the children, despite the financial difficulties. For several years, she continued with them a wide and varied training, participating in many enriching activities and outings in the field. When Matthew was self-sufficient enough to complete high school through Florida Virtual School, Elizabeth returned to her position as a part-time adjunct reading teacher at Eastern Florida State College. Throughout, she continued to write, complete and self-publish two collections of poetry, Where God Is and At His Feet. She also expanded her community service, visiting retirement homes to bring Holy Communion and companionship. She began taking time off to accompany John on business and personal trips, a luxury the couple had been unable to afford for most of their marriage.
In 2019, Elizabeth left her post to help care for her father, who had been diagnosed with cancer, until his death in June of that year, a heartbreaking loss for the whole family. The 2020 pandemic posed challenges to everyone around the world and continues to this day. When conditions permitted, Elizabeth took over Church activities and began tutoring in reading and writing, starting with one student and adding a few more as people recommended her. At the end of 2021, Elizabeth fell ill with the Coronavirus. Elizabeth is and will be greatly missed by her family, the many friends she made throughout her life and the community she served. Throughout her journey, no matter what, she would befriend everyone she met under any circumstances, spreading joy. The way she always wanted to be remembered was simple: she loved.
Posted by Dettling Funeral Home on January 22, 2022.