Elizabeth Jeanette Mantlo, 70, of Adams, passed from this life on Thursday June 6, 2019 at Tennova Healthcare in Clarksville. Graveside services will be conducted Monday June 10th at 1:00 p.m. in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tim Harris officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Arms, Jay Arms, Carson Arms, Stanley West, Luke West, and John West. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside service.
Elizabeth was born February 19, 1949 in Springfield to the late Lewis Owen Mantlo and the late Sue Lillian Brown Mantlo. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Springfield. Many would consider Elizabeth’s life to have been challenged, but she never met a challenge in her life that she couldn’t and didn’t overcome. Cerebral palsy left her with a crippled hand and leg, but she walked anywhere she wanted to go and could tie her shoes with one hand. She never learned to read, but she could sing every song in her church hymnal and never miss a word or a beat. She loved to walk all over Opryland and was never afraid to get on any ride, and she rode them all. She had a great love for children, and nothing made her happier than holding a baby in her arms or small child in her lap. The two highlights of her life were watching Texas Walker Ranger on TV and listening to all her favorite music on her cd’s. The one’s she played the most and loved the best were the ones that were by Elvis Presley. She loved her family of which she always enjoyed their visits, but if you were going to visit then you better bring her the biggest Coca-Cola you could find. Elizabeth lived a life of constant pain, but she never complained. If you were her friend, then you had a true friend as long as you treated her good and didn’t get on her bad side. Elizabeth was envied by her four sisters because of her beautiful skin. She was each sister’s favorite, but she loved them all the same. She loved her son David, of whom she always called “my baby” and her grandson Cole. Elizabeth considered her caregiver Nicole as family, and she loved both Nicole and her two children as if they were her own family.
Elizabeth’s life was difficult, and many days were a challenge, but she always pressed on. Because of her health, she didn’t have the opportunity of a receiving a formal education in her life, but Elizabeth was able to educate so many and taught so much to many people during her seventy years on this earth. She taught kindness, compassion, strength, sweetness, patience, and a wonderful love for God. Many were touched by Elizabeth’s life, but those that were touched the most were the ones that were able to hear and share her infectious laugh. Whatever she was doing, she always laughed and enjoyed every minute it.
In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her son: David Lynn Mantlo. Elizabeth leaves those she loved so much to cherish her memory, her sisters and brothers-in-law: Beverly and Donnie Arms of Springfield, Patricia Reynolds of North Carolina, Rita and Terry Kirby of Crossville, Toni and Mike Caudill of Gadsden, her grandson: Cole Mantlo, her caregiver: Nicole Snow of Adams, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.