Elizabeth Jane Wallace
Elizabeth Jane Cornelius (Wallace) died Thursday, October 5, 2017, in Fredericksburg, VA. The daughter of Dr. Albert Cornelius “Dr. Bert” and Hazel Emerson Cornelius, Elizabeth was born in Arkansas in 1923 and brought to Berea at an early age. She spent her childhood and teenage years in Berea.
In 1946, Elizabeth received a BA from University of Maryland in early childhood education and it was during her college years that she came to live in the Washington D.C. area. She eventually changed occupations, finding dental hygiene more satisfying than child daycare. Elizabeth received her dental hygiene training at Howard University. It was also at this time she joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in whose fellowship she found something that had been missing previously in her life.
Elizabeth worked as a hygienist for several private practitioners in the D.C. area, finally becoming the hygienist at the Martinsburg West Virginia VA Center. It was there that she met her future husband, Dr. John K. Wallace. They married in 2000 and she moved to Fredericksburg, becoming an active homemaker until two serious leg fractures from falls confined her to a wheelchair. She always harbored warm thoughts and memories about Berea and its people.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Dr. John Wallace; three nephews; one niece; and two cousins and their families.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Fredericksburg Seventh-day Adventist Church, with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor José Vázquez officiating. Burial will be in Berea Cemetery at 12:00 Noon, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.