Elizabeth Catherine Scesniak

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Mass of Christian Burial
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
7000 John F Kennedy Blvd.
North Little Rock, AR  72116
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
10:30 a.m.
Arkansas State Veterans
1500 Maryland Ave.
North Little Rock, AR  72120

Elizabeth Catherine Scesniak

of North Little Rock, AR

December 16, 1932 - March 20, 2023

Elizabeth Catherine Scesniak of North Little Rock, AR, went to be with the Lord March 20, 2023. She was a beloved wife, mother, friend, and creative artist. She never met a stranger.

Elizabeth was born in Chicago, IL, on December 16, 1932, and lived an incredible 90 years of life. Just shy of 21 years of age, she married the love of her life, Eugene, who passed away this past December. What a memorable fairy tale romance that they grew up across the street from each other. Mom would bring a date home only to find Eugene eating chocolate cake in her mother's kitchen.
Over the course of 69 years of marriage, Elizabeth set up homes from coast to coast- New Hampshire to California, everywhere in between and even the Philippines as Dad was in the Air Force.

Elizabeth had so many unbelievable talents! Most famously, she was known as ''The Gourd Lady'' transforming gourds into treasured collections, mostly Santas. Featured in QVC in 1999, she proudly sold 700 Easter Bunny gourds in less than two minutes on national TV.

Elizabeth was a loving, generous woman to family being her husband, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, relatives, loyal and loving caregiver Jayla Jones, neighbors, and friends. She always took meals to any one in need, was very involved at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and spent hours volunteering at many other organizations. The other love of her life was Carmel, her therapy dog, that had tricks galore and brought smiles to many!

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Adele Trojan, her older brother, Robert Trojan, and her husband, Eugene Scesniak. She is survived by a sister in-law Louise Pierce, her daughters Dr. Debra Seznik-Thomas and husband Ted, Diane Walla and husband Greg, grandchildren- Joe Thomas and wife Taylor (expecting their first child this coming May), Jake Thomas, Lane Walla, and Waverly Walla.

Heaven welcomes you, Elizabeth. What a life, what a wonderful wife, mother, and friend now to be reunited with Eugene, your beloved husband!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church., Fr. John Wakube will be the Celebrant. Committal service will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery with a lunch reception afterwards at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hall.

Arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Owens Funeral Home in North Little Rock.

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9 Condolence(s)
Ramona Bourdo
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

I met Liz at one of IC's arts and crafts shows where she displayed so many gourds. She and Gene were such kind and gentle people, and they never met a stranger. They both will be missed by many at IC.

Judy Willett
Jacksonville, AR
Tuesday, March 28, 2023

I met Gene and Elizabeth at the LRAFB Thrift Shop when they came in to open up an account to consign items. Always loved to see them and somehow or other she nicknamed me Sparky. She gave the most wonderful hugs and kisses. My best day with her was when we talked about Psalm 23. I will truly miss her but I have faith that Heaven gained a special angel. Sending prayers to the family.

Reginald Rogers
Little Rock, AR
Monday, March 27, 2023

To the Scesniak Family : We had the honor and pleasure of getting to know Elizabeth and Gene during their years at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Little Rock. They were a wonderful inseparable couple who were always fun to be around. They were very knowledgeable in many areas and we benefited from their wisdom. We missed them greatly when they moved to IC Parish. Now Elizabeth and Gene are eternally reunited after a short time apart. May Elizabeth Rest in the peace of Christ with Gene and all of our Loved Ones who have ascended to Heaven. Reg Rogers St. Edward's Parish (Little Rock)

Rick, Lorena, Isabella, Sophia and Lucas McConnell
Little Rock, AR
Sunday, March 26, 2023

Mr. Gene and Mrs. Elizabeth were the first to welcome us to the neighborhood as our house was being built next door to theirs. They saw our family grow and were there to celebrate with us many special occasions. Mrs. Elizabeth even did face painting at one of our kids birthday parties. The kids enjoyed her teaching them her talents. They will both be greatly missed but will forever be in our hearts.

Gayle Fiser
Little Rock, AR
Sunday, March 26, 2023

I first met Elizabeth in 2008 when she called about an article in the newpaper featuring our therapy dog team. After Carmel completed the training program and became a certified therapy dog, Elizabeth and Gene joined our team when we went to visit people in nursing homes and various faciliites. They always wanted to show others how Carmel could do tricks so we declared her our "Opening Act". Elizabeth was a kind and gentle person and we miss both she and Gene as well as Carmel.

Libby Lively
Jasper, GA
Sunday, March 26, 2023

Sending love and prayers to you Deb in this time of loss.

Annette V Gary
Little Rock, AR
Sunday, March 26, 2023

Elizabeth had a heart of gold. I met Elizabeth when she taught arts and crafts for St. Edwards Christian Mothers Sodality. She was full of knowledge and fun. We had great talks together as well. Gene was wonderful as well. I will miss them both. May they both Rest In Eternal Peace.

Lonna Hurd
Lehi, UT
Friday, March 24, 2023

To my loving sister-law Betty. Will miss you, we have lots of wonderful memories in our years together.

Love you,

Valarie Wilson
Dallas, TX
Thursday, March 23, 2023

Praying for the Lord’s comfort and peace during this sad time. Sending love to the family.