Elizabeth “Liz” Anne (Miller) Grunst was born in Colville, Wash., May 14, 1934 to Clara and Robert Miller. Liz was the second of four siblings: Bob (deceased), Margaret, and Jim. They were raised in Boyds, Wash.
At an early age, Liz learned to play the piano, clarinet and saxophone. Throughout her childhood, she was involved in many music-related activities. She went on to earn a teaching degree in Music at Washington State University, and later her Masters.
On Dec. 23, 1956, Liz married her high school sweetheart, William “Bill” Albert Grunst. When they drove through the Okanogan Valley to Oroville, Wash. for Bill’s first teaching position, Liz fell in love with the area and knew that Oroville was where she would settle down and raise their family.
Liz taught music at Oroville Elementary, but left teaching to give piano lessons to high-achieving, gifted children in the community, some who later pursued vocations in music.
Liz was also very active in the community. She played for the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Okanogan Community Choir and Symphony, funerals, weddings, and local events.
Liz succumbed to cancer on Nov. 14, 2018 after a long, brave fight, never losing her sense of humor during the illness. A message from Liz after her 5-year journey with cancer was to “STOP, slow down and enjoy the little, important things in life.”
Liz is survived by her husband, Bill; two daughters, Kim and Teri; two sons, Bill and Rob; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Oroville, Wash., with Father Luta Nsubuga officiating. A reception will be held following the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wenatchee Cancer House. Bergh Funeral Service & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
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