Lufkin teen with inspiring spirit dies after fighting rare liver cancer

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - In December, the East Texas News brought you the story of Lizzie Wallace, a Lufkin High School graduate, with a vibrant personality and incredible spirit, who wished for a golf cart so she could  drive to the pond at The Joseph House end-of-life care facility.

Lizzie lost her fight with a rare form of liver cancer Wednesday and those who knew and loved her tell the East Texas News why she'll always be remembered.

"You couldn't help but love Lizzie," said The Joseph House, facility director, Denise Bennefield. "She was just that kind of young lady."

Lizzie Wallace touched so many in her 19-years of life leaving a lasting imprint on everyone who had the opportunity to know her.

"Lizzie was full of life till the end and a special kind of girl," said Bennefield.

"Lizzie is a person that always cared and always went out of her way to make sure people know that they were welcome and that they were cared for," said youth pastor at Lufkin First Baptist Church, Walker McWilliams.

She had been fighting stage 4 liver cancer for the past 2 years and Bennefield said she had made peace with her life.

"I never saw fear, Lizzie was can I say welcoming death because she was so tired and you know it wasn't the life she wanted to lead," said Bennefield. "I know with all my heart that Lizzie is healthy and happy and bouncing all over heaven."

Lizzie's strong faith was something her youth pastor, Walker McWilliams found encouraging.

"She had such a deep faith, an unrelenting faith really, that never really wavered. She was always able to trust God and to trust that he was there for her no matter what," said McWilliams.

Despite the struggles she faced on thing that others found so inspiring about Lizzie was that she didn't let anything stop her from living her life.

"So many people looked up to Lizzie because she lived life no matter what was happening to her and Lizzie was a best friend to everybody," said McWilliams. "Even when she was lying in a hospital bed she would ask others how they were doing before they could ask about her and I think that's who Lizzie was and is to all of us that knew her."

"If you want to honor Lizzie, to look at life the way Lizzie did, enjoy every minute, enjoy every person that you come across, don't let things hold you back," said Bennefield.

The service celebrating Lizzie's life will be this Saturday at 2:00 PM at Lufkin First Baptist Church.

A post on her Facebook fan page confirmed Lizzie Wallace's death.

"To all our dear friends. Our Sweet Angel Lizzie went home this morning. Thank you all for your love and support to Lizzie and our family over the past two years. Please pray for Lizzie's family during this difficult time. Praise God that Lizzie is no longer suffering and is walking those streets of gold!" the post stated.

Wallace's fight against the disease has been an inspiration for the Lufkin community over the past two years.

If you wish to honor Lizzie a scholarship has been set up in her name. Make checks payable to LHS Alumni Association (LHS AA) and write "Lizzie Wallace" on the memo line.

You can mail you donation to: LHS Alumni Association, PO Box 150837, Lufkin, TX 75915

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