Elizabeth Harriet Dinwiddie Rathbun “Liz”


Elizabeth Harriet Dinwiddie Rathbun, 84, “Liz”, to those who loved her died peacefully surrounded by her children on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

The only child of Lucybell and Warren Dinwiddie, Liz was beloved by so many.  Liz was one of the first female Computer Information Systems graduates from West Texas State University, having earned that degree in 1976.  She was a true one-of-a-kind woman in the field of computing and in her creativity.  Liz enjoyed a career as not only as housewife, but her groundbreaking entry into the field of computer science in Amarillo.  Liz worked for Diamond Shamrock’s petroleum engineering department in computer support and eventually as their “main” I.T. woman from 1978 until her retirement in 1993.

Liz loved taking care of people in such special ways.  She baked cookies for her neighbors’ birthdays, she gave her time and talents to her church, and she shared her quilts and her fibre arts skills with so many.  She was an award-winning quilter and pie maker!  Liz was a wonderful wife to her husband, Paul, who preceded her in death.  She was also a wonderful example of how to love and was a fabulous mother to her three children, Robert, Ann and Amy.

Left behind are her children, Robert (Leslie), Ann and Amy, special friends Sharon Denham and Sierra Swindler, grandsons Tyler Rathbun (Tifanie) and Eric Rathbun (Caitlin) and great-granddaughter Hazel Elizabeth; all will miss her splendid spirit and family leadership.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later time.  In lieu of flowers or food, please send all tributes or memorials to Liz’s spiritual home St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 Bell St, Amarillo, TX 79106.

12 Replies to “Elizabeth Harriet Dinwiddie Rathbun “Liz””

  1. Liz was my special summer friend in Gunnison Co. We spent lots of time playing bridge and mah jong also lunch was a favorite when we had a hot dog. When we both gave up our homes in Gunnison we managed to stay in touch. Oh how I will miss Liz.

  2. We feel so fortunate and proud to have known and spent time with Liz, our dear friend and neighbor. Her artistic quilt making was something to behold! We could not have asked for a more caring neighbor and we will miss her kind spirit. Thanks for all of the cookies you shared and the recipes, we will think of you every time we use them.

  3. Our condolences to the family. Liz was a wonderful neighbor, friend, card player and quilter. We enjoyed visiting with her most summer evenings on our walk down Tomichi Trail a lovely woman who is with her husband now

  4. Loved that lady. She was such fun to visit with , play cards( she always won) go fishing and to sit at her table! What a cook!
    Lots of great memories with the Rathbun family!
    Sending love and condolences to Bob, Ann and Amy and extended family.

  5. Oh, how we loved and will miss our sweet, precious Liz. Our world will not be the same without her! She was a favorite bridge partner! Her birthday cookies were always anticipated. Shine on in Heaven, Liz!

  6. So sad to hear of Liz’s passing. Liz and I worked together for over 10 years at the Gunnison County Historical Society, the Gunnison Museum. We catalogued thousands of items including digital pictures and digital descriptions that were input into museum software.
    In addition, Liz and Paul were great neighbors on Tomichi Trail in Gunnison.
    God bless Liz and Paul

  7. Liz played Mah Jongg with my group. I have only known her a couple of years, but to know her was to love her. One day I will have the privilege of enjoying her company again. Rest in peace sweet friend.
    Sincerely,
    Tina Short

  8. Liz always had a smile on her face and cared deeply for others. I know she is greatly missed. May your memories of her bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  9. We are saddened to hear of Liz`s passing. She was a wonderful person, and will be missed by many. ” Rest in Peace,” Liz!
    Doug & Marion Brazel

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