VALDESE Mrs. Elizabeth "Lib" Caruso, 83, of Valdese, traveled from this world into the arms of God Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Lib was born Oct. 27, 1935, in Burke County to the late Wade and Isabelle Huffman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Samuel Page and Carlton Caruso. Lib was the baby sister of her five brothers, Guy, Albert, Roy, Wade "Jay," and Osborne Huffman, who preceded her in death as well. Lib fulfilled her lifelong dream by becoming an accomplished nurse. She completed her training at Western Piedmont Community College and her B.S. in Nursing from Western Carolina University. Being a dedicated caregiver was the essence of her being. She was instrumental beginning the Good Samaritan Clinic in Burke County. She also applied her nursing skills at Valdese General Hospital, the dialysis unit in Lenoir and at SAFT in Valdese. Later she became an Infectious Disease Control Nurse with Blue Ridge Health Care. Elizabeth Caruso leaves behind a legacy of a well lived life of love, generosity and caregiving. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Susan Page Ogle and husband, Wade, of Valdese; and a special stepson, Carlton E. Caruso Jr. and wife, Karen, of Valdese. Also surviving are four adored grandsons, Alex Ogle and wife, Jennifer, of Mooresville, Sam Metcalf of Hickory, Jeffrey Ogle and wife, Ana, of Asheville and Wade Ogle and wife, Lori, of Morganton. She was extremely proud of her great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Ashley, Carter, Cannon, Chloe, Santi, Ana Leigh, Brady, Braxton and Tad. Lib is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Larry (Brenda) Huffman, Kathy (Jerry) Icenhour, Maria (Rick) Bernard, Albert (Jean) Huffman, Nidia (Harry) Black, Veronica (Bob) Crenshaw and Rick Huffman. Lib was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church in Valdese for many years. She loved her church family, and her heart lay in her love for the Food Pantry. On Sundays, Lib received a great blessing by taking the church altar flowers and making assorted arrangements for the shut-ins and church family in nursing homes. Often times, she took her church friends to doctor appointments and circle meetings. Lib was attractive, stylish and well-kept in her personal appearance. Her house was immaculate, and her yard contained a plethora of flowers for every season. Her home was always a comfortable, welcome refuge for all who entered. She was gracious in welcoming family and friends into her home for food and fellowship. A small gathering of six or eight could be turned into 15 or 20 to Lib's great delight. Lib was endowed with many friends because she was a friend to many. Her mantra seemed to be "How can I help?" She was never without a casserole or some other savory dish in her freezer, ready to take to a shut-in, a person recovering from surgery, a sick or bereaved friend or acquaintance. Indeed Lib personified the very essence of the Biblical Martha. Lib's beloved friends were there to give comfort, strength, laughter, and prayers during her final months at College Pines. A celebration of Elizabeth Caruso's life will be held Friday, June 14, at 2 p.m., at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dr. Kevin Frederick officiating. The family will receive friends in Pioneer Hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Waldensian Presbyterian Food Pantry, 109 Main St. E., Valdese, NC 28690. All who have known and loved Lib Caruso can take comfort in knowing that as she passed from this life to life eternity, we know as Paul said, "You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith... now there is in store for you a crown of righteousness." May our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend put her soul at ease in the cradle of our Lord and Savior for eternity. An online guestbook and obituary is available at Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Caruso family.

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