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Sep 15, 1956 - Dec 18, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Lizbeth Denise Fatig (nee Frazer) was born in Rapid City, SD on September 15, 1956. Her father was in the Air Force, so the family moved around a lot, instilling Lizbeth with a love for meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. There were many struggles along the way, but Lizbeth always had a positive outlook and great expectations for her life. She was adept at making others feel at ease, appreciated and confident, regardless of the situation, which made her such a great friend and confidant to so many of us. Lizbeth, her mother, Jo, and younger brother, Richard, settled in Del City, OK in 1973, and Lizbeth graduated from Del City High School in May of 1975. Lizbeth continued her education and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Central State University and her Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1996. Lizbeth met her future husband, Curtis Fatig, while she was managing a B&B in Alaska that he was visiting. The couple married in OKC April 26, 1996, and moved to Maryland, where Lizbeth began her career in education and the pursuit of her Doctorate in Education. Lizbeth enjoyed teaching her students, although she thought "she could do without the politics of the system." Her students came to respect and then to adore her as a mentor and advisor, not just a teacher, and she was nominated for Disney's Teacher of the Year Award. Lizbeth retired from her teaching assignment at North Point High School in Waldorf, MD to continue her battle against ovarian cancer. After valiant efforts by Lizbeth, her physicians, her family, friends and especially her beloved, Curtis, Lizbeth succumbed to the enemy on December 18, 2012. Lizbeth is survived by her husband, Curtis; her stepdaughter, Diana, son-in-law, Jason Wheeler, and her newly born granddaughter, Olivia; her mother, Jo, and beloved stepfather, Jay Bond; her brother, Richard; stepsisters, Mary Catherine and Jane Anne; many nieces and nephews; as well as her sweet Scottie dog, Argyle.A memorial will be held Sunday, December 23, 2012, at 6 p.m., at the home of Susie Taylor, 7224 N.W. 112th St., OKC, OK 73162 (there will be parking across the street in the church parking lot).Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Dr. Joan Walker, Women's Cancer Fund, 800 NE 10th St, Ste 5050, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.

Published in The Oklahoman from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2012
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