In Loving Memory

Elizabeth Atkinson

June 26, 1976 - January 2, 2024


Elizabeth Ann Atkinson, age 47, passed away unexpectedly near her home in Daphne, AL on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. She was born in Memphis, TN on June 26, 1976, and grew up in both Madison, MS, and Atlanta, GA.

A devoted wife for 22 years to her husband, Russell Atkinson, Elizabeth was a wonderful and deeply cherished partner. She was also a loving and dedicated mother to her two children, Emma and Ally Atkinson. Her passing leaves a profound void in the hearts of her parents, Richard Painter and Connie and her grandmother, Dorthea Sheffield; her sister, Brandie Lieblong (Brad); her nephew, Tyson Lieblong. She is also survived by her father and mother-in-law, Richard Atkinson (Betty); sister-in-law, Karen Patton; and three nieces, Whitney Maloney (Parker), Amber, and Cortney Patton; along with her beautiful grandniece, June Maloney.

Elizabeth was a graduate from The University of Georgia, and a proud sister of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Her professional journey was marked by much success as she began her career at Coca-Cola before transitioning to sports marketing with NASCAR in Atlanta, GA. However, her most cherished and dedicated role was that of a wife and full-time stay-at-home mom, which brought her the most incredible joy.

Elizabeth was a devout Christian with a generous heart and soul. She dedicated endless volunteer hours to her daughter’s school, Bayside Academy. Known for her love of the outdoors, Elizabeth enjoyed fishing and boating with family and friends. She loved college football season and cheering on her Georgia Bulldogs. She was an avid traveler, known for her meticulous planning, her family was able to create priceless memories vacationing together. Elizabeth will be remembered by her family and friends for her unwavering faith, generous spirit, giving heart and beautiful and contagious smile.

To honor and celebrate Elizabeth, relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation and service that will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at The Venue at Hidden Lake, 19437 County Road 9, in Silverhill, AL.  The visitation will begin at 11AM, followed by the service at 12PM. Following the service, all are welcome to stay for a time to visit and celebrate Elizabeth’s life.

In recognition of Elizabeth’s journey as a breast cancer survivor, the family kindly requests that, instead of flowers, donations be made in her memory to The Susan G. Komen Foundation at

Expressions of condolences for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Ronnie and Mary Painter

    Our hearts are saddened by the news , you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sending all our love. Ronnie and Mary Painer

  2. Melody Boone

    I have had the pleasure of doing Elizabeth’s and the girls hair for 5 years now. What a pleasure getting to know your family. I’m so grateful that I got to be with her through her season with cancer. She was so graceful. I will miss her. I will keep your family in my prayers threw this time.

  3. Margaret Walden

    So beautiful and kind. Our deepest condolences; Bryan and Margaret Walden

  4. Sandi Sadlock

    My sweet Elizabeth.. my Georgia loving and Disney loving friend! I will miss our texts, photos, and fun conversations with each other! I love you and can’t wait to meet up again! You were such a beautiful soul that touched everyone you met! I so love you and will always say hello to Mickey just from you! I will always cherish our friendship!

  5. Erin Holden Sinclair

    I will never forget walking through the front doors of the ZTA house during rush and being greeted by Elizabeth’s beautiful eyes and smile. She literally glowed as she sang rush songs on the stairs in the foyer. She’s one of the main reasons I went ZTA. She later became my big sister in the sorority and we were Lambda Chi little sisters together as well. . Everyone she met adored her. She lit up the room. Beautiful inside and out, Elizabeth please know I looked up to you in every way! Sending prayers of comfort to your beautiful girls and husband.

  6. Tom Alie

    Russell I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. It was obvious how much you loved her
    I cannot imagine what you are going through but I want to send my thoughts and prayers to you.

  7. Christy Posey

    I’m heartbroken of the loss of my dear, sweet, beautiful friend. Elizabeth and I met at work 25 years ago in Georgia and immediately bonded over our Mississippi roots and love for our English Yellow Labs. We became wives and mothers (each with 2 daughters) all at the same times and have had the honor and privilege of watching them grow thru the years. I’ll forever treasure our friendship and know I am so fortunate and blessed to have known her. Such a beautiful soul inside and out. Russell, Emma and Ally – my thoughts and prayers are with you always.

  8. Penny Poole

    To the Painter and Atkinson families, more specifically, Russell and your daughters, Richard and Connie, words are so difficult to find to describe the sorrow and indescribable pain of loss you must be feeling.
    My deepest condolences to all who are mourning Elizabeth’s death.
    Encouragement comes from reading that she knew her Savior.
    To all who have lost your dearest friend hold on to her attributes that drew you to her and celebrate as often as possible.
    Share your thoughts and encouragement with her daughters so they can continue to carry her light.

  9. Alicia, Michael, Alex, Will & Mia

    Our family prays for you all at this time. Elizabeth was a golden jewel among us all. Her kindness, generosity, and beautiful smile that she shared with all of us will never be forgotten.

  10. Eva Aultman Hart

    It was a joy to know the Painter family at First Baptist Church Jackson, MS., when I had Elizabeth along with a very talented group of young ladies in our Carol Choir! She and her sister attended Jackson Academy along with my daughter, Dara Hart, now Newman. After they moved to Atlanta, I lost touch; but Dara kept up with her.
    When I saw the lovely picture memories flooded over me. Blessings to your family and prayers for that “umbrella of protection” to be placed over you all, especially those precious daughters. I lost my mama at age to 13 to a horrific brain disease that didn’t take her life for 37 more years BUT made me have to grow up much faster than my friends. I became caregiver, chief cook and bottle washer, and basically “mom” to my 7 year old brother. life was very hard BUT I learned so much. Girls, stay very close to your Dad and grandparents. Your love will sustain you ALL. Eva A. Hart, Jackson MS.

  11. Ellen

    Words cannot express the feelings of great loss and sadness upon learning of Elizabeth’s death. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones.

  12. David, Thelma, JR and our Wyatt families.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families at this sorrowful news. My the Grace of God be with you all.

  13. Nancy Dean

    Certainly! Here’s an edited version of your text:

    Last February in Florida, Elizabeth approached me for the first time, and I instantly fell in love with her. I immediately shared with my husband how wonderful she is. During our conversations, she expressed profound love for her family and her beautiful daughters. To her daughters, I extend my deepest sympathies for your loss; you had a truly loving mother. Russell, stay strong for Elizabeth and your girls. Your wife is an inspiration, and she has made a significant difference in the lives of others.

  14. Theresa Morris

    My dearest sweet and beautiful cousin Elizabeth. Hope you are dancing in the sky and singing with the angels!
    Even though we didn’t see each other that often, I cherish the memories of Christmas’s at our Grand/Great Grandparents home over the years and watching you grow into the beautiful soul you became.. So thankful we kept in touch as family.
    Russell, Emma, Ally, Connie, Richard, Brandy, and Tyson, my heart breaks for each of you. May Elizabeth be your hearts forever. God bless.

  15. Lisa Almeida

    I didn’t know Elizabeth very well, but I do know her husband, Russ, and how much he loved and adored her. My heart goes out to the family and I’ve been praying constantly since it happened. So sad for everyone that knew and loved her.

  16. The Wingfields (Jan)

    To Russell and you whole family.,
    We are sadden to hear of your loss. Seeing the picture of your beautiful wife sent memories of the times you visited Highlands Presbyterian. Our thoughts and prayer go out for all of you. May God grant you peace.

  17. Jeannie and Morris Hines

    Words can not express the feelings of such a great loss and heartache during this time.
    I will say that I only met Elizabeth once, and in that small time over dinner I felt like I had known her forever. Her eyes and beautiful smile lit up the room. I remember that night well, we were meeting Russ and his wife as the new owners of the company.
    Nervous as one might be, Elizabeth opened her arms up for a hug and in that moment I knew we were in good hands.
    To know Russ, was to know her. At every event I attended she was there in spirit because he never stopped talking about her and his girls. He never left a doubt on how much they meant to him.
    My heart goes out to Russ and his girls. I pray you three find the strength in each other. Use the tools she provided during her time with you. Love one another with all you have. Let God guide you.
    We are here for you always.

  18. Jenny

    Elizabeth, my heart broke when I heard for you and your family! You have so many praying for all who loved you so and beautiful soul you are beloved! I met you in GA, in high school, we reconnected on social media after you were married with kids, and you were just as kind, sweet, loving, and bright as I remembered! You checked in on me through messenger every few years, it meant the World, you had the rare ability to love so unconditionally and pure! I know you will live on through your girls, know all who knew you you left better then they were having the honor, you touched m heart deeply! I am so incredibly sorry this happened, may flights of Angels carry you home, you are so loved!!!

  19. Bill & Mary Goodin

    There simply are no words to express for such a loss. Please allow yourselves to grieve with God’s comfort & strength. Please know we love you, & we will pray for each of you in this loss of Elizabeth.

  20. Jackie Sample

    Richard, Connie, Brandie and family.
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
    I am sending prayers your way and hoping you know how much I care.

  21. Danny McDonald

    We are so sorry for your loss and just know our thoughts and prayers are with you!!! Danny and Michele McDonald

  22. Richard & Marilyn Earnheart

    Our hearts are heavy in learning of your loss. We are lifting you all up in prayer for courage & strength as well as peace that passes all understanding today and in the days to come.
    In His Love…..

  23. Shannon Deason

    I lived across from The Painters when I was a child in Beaumont and they were the nicest people, Mrs Painter had a strong Southern accent I loved and I remember Mr Painter being so handsome. . I knew Elizabeth when she was very young and I remember as a stunningly beautiful child with the bluest eyes that looked so pretty with her dark hair and olive skin tone, I knew she would grow into a lovely women and I wasn’t wrong. I remember she and Brandie had such a deep sisterly bond.. I was shocked and saddened when my mother, Linda Way, sent me the link to Elizabeth, it just seemed incredible to me that she should be gone so soon and the tragic event that led to her death was unbelievable. . Honestly, my deepest condolences to Mr and Mrs Painter and Brandie as well as Elizabeth’s children and husband. Just so unfair and truly sad.

  24. Brian and Sherri Matson

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Atkinson and Painter families. We are so saddened by the loss of our sweet, fun and beautiful friend, Elizabeth.
    We will always remember her kindness, her great smile and .her love for the Dawgs!
    Praying for peace and strength for Russell, Emma and Ally..

  25. Faye Olson

    My family had the honor and pleasure of knowing Elizabeth since she was in high school and best friends with our daughter, Amy.  She was in my life, particularly, in Atlanta from high school until her marriage to Russell.  When I think of Elizabeth, I think of a young woman who reflected all things that could be beautiful in this world.  She was beautiful inside and out, smart, joyful and respectful to all. She grew up in a very loving family and was later blessed to find Russell, her love and soulmate, and bring two beautiful daughters into this world. Yet she had enough love in her heart to open her life to so many friendships. When she entered a room she brought a light and joy with her. She created loving memories all along her life. Our family is grieving the tragic loss of Elizabeth; and, my heart cries for her loving family.  But we will take comfort in knowing that our paths did cross in this life and that our memories of her will always keep her alive in our hearts. 

  26. Sue Wallace

    Russell, I have no words for my feelings about your loss. Only the hope you and your family find strength in one another going forward. God bless.

  27. Shawn and Tracy Ottenbreit

    Russell, we’re so very sorry to hear about your families loss. We hope you find comfort with each other and your friends to get through this.


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