A new park bench at the Fayette County Library will soon be dedicated in memory of 16-year-old Elizabeth Houlihan, a library volunteer who passed away at her home on March 29.
Library Director Chris Snell and Librarian Charlotte Stargell led the Fayette County Board of Commissioners last week in honoring the memory of Houlihan for her contributions to the library, and especially to the children’s department.
Snell said Houlihan “was very poised. She walked with a sense of purpose.”
“She was one very special young lady,” Stargell agreed.
Stargell told the commission meeting audience that the Houlihan Family had been patrons of the library from when Elizabeth was very young, and they have been regulars ever since.
“She grew up and decided to give back,” Stargell said. “And what a volunteer she was.”
Stargell said Houlihan became a volunteer in May 2015 and logged over 400 hours before she died less than a year later. She said Houlihan “made a huge difference to our department.”
Addressing Houlihan’s parents Woody and Jennifer, Stargell said, “To the Houlihan Family, we loved her very much, and we love you guys.”
Snell said the following Winnie the Pooh poem will be affixed to the park bench:
“Here together, friends forever, some things were just meant to be, and that’s you and me.”