January 15, 1949 – March 13, 2021
Elizabeth Sedun Harry, age 72, passed away March 13, 2021, in her daughter’s home in Camden, SC. She was surrounded by her children, grandchild, and dog. Liz meant a lot to those that knew her, and in sitting down to write this obituary, her children wanted to share the many accomplishments and significant pieces of their mother’s life.
Liz was born January 15, 1949, in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up attending 13 schools across the Midwest and South. She spoke about how hard it was making new friends, often in the same school year; however, this skill served her well in life. She was the first to make new friends in any social setting and never met a stranger. In her senior year of high school, she was the 1967 Arlington Heights, Illinois Junior Miss. Liz’s original pageant talent, the piano, was crushed when her piano teacher informed her parents that their money was best spent elsewhere. Instead, Liz performed a comedic skit. Knowing Liz, her flair for the dramatic and often self-aggrandizing humor, we feel cheated that we never saw this skit!
Liz met her first husband, Gregory Sedun, at Furman University, and upon graduation from college, she was a teacher in Greenville County schools during the first year of integration. In secret, Liz and Greg eloped in 1974 to qualify for a ski trip to Switzerland–it was an exciting trip, but their ski lessons were in German, so they didn’t learn much. She and Greg initially lived in Denver and taught themselves how to ski while listening to strangers’ lessons. Family ski trips became a large part of their children, Meredith and Scotty’s, childhood. Meredith and Scotty eventually learned to ski with (paid) lessons.
She and Greg were both flight attendants for United Airlines, where she “flew the friendly skies” for 42 years. In 1987, she was recognized as Flight Attendant of the Year–an award both of her kids were proud of. Liz was widowed in 1993 and later remarried Zeb Harry, a United Airlines Pilot, in 1995. They moved to the Virginia countryside, and Liz became a farm girl.
She enjoyed her life on the farm, first in Culpeper, VA, and later in Steeles Tavern, VA. She was a Master Gardener, beekeeper, mother to the ‘Valley Girls’ (her chickens), equestrian, and aggressive dominoes player. Her cookies, cream puffs, and toffee bars were always stored in bulk in the freezer, and she usually had a cocktail, cold beer, or appetizer ready for any guest.
She traveled extensively with her children and bestowed upon them a great sense of adventure. Liz even signed up the family to host a German exchange student for a year, Leonard, who is still part of the family to this day. In recent years she took a life-changing trip to Scotland with good friends and hiked the West Highland Way. In the month preceding her death, she took a wonderful family ski trip to Montana with her children and grandchild Cricket, flying first class both ways!
Liz quietly gave to others throughout her entire life. She crafted homegrown okra into Christmas ornaments to benefit local charities. She was a dedicated reading tutor through the Rowan Literacy Council and crocheted dolls for children in Guatemala.
She is survived by her husband Zeb, daughter Meredith (Scott Somerset), son Scotty (Ellis), stepsons Phil (Sonnie) and Kevin (Laurel), and German son Leo (Johanna Grunau). She is also survived by her brothers Alan and Bob Hughes and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Greg Sedun, father DJ Hughes, mother Mary Louise Hughes, and brother Donnie Hughes.
A memorial service will be held in the upcoming months at her farm in Steeles Tavern, VA. She left specific instructions that this be a celebration of life and that her ashes be spread along the ridgeline of the farm, along her favorite ski run (Grey Wolf) in Whitefish, Montana, and from the back of her horse, Maverick. She sponsored a Guatemalan student through the GRACES Charity, and her children would like to continue to sponsor her student through high school graduation. Donations in her name can be made to GRACES or any charity that embodies Liz’s spirit.