Elizabeth Flanagan Obituary

Elizabeth Ann Flanagan
Elizabeth Ann Flanagan

April 27, 1956 - December 23, 2020
Born in Fort Bliss, Texas
Resided in Waterford, CT


Elizabeth Flanagan

Waterford — After a 6-year battle with cancer, Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Beal Flanagan of Waterford, passed away Dec. 23, 2020, surrounded by love and family. Libby refused to give up; she was a fighter to the end. She was 64 years old. Born in Fort Bliss, Texas, Libby was the daughter of (Ret.) Major Bruce T. Beal (deceased) and Carolyn (Hoffheins) Leuze.
A 1974 graduate of Waterford High School, Libby attended the University of Salzburg, Austria and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1978. Her legacy is that she was the quintessential nurturer and caregiver. Libby was a talented cook and she took care of everyone.
Twenty years ago, Libby noticed that a local Panera Bread store was throwing away countless pounds of leftover product at the end of each day. She asked if they might be interested in donating the day-old breads, muffins and bagels to local agencies in need. She was told they had no way to distribute it and Libby said, “Not a problem.” Every day of the week, driving her vintage Volvo station wagon, Libby delivered bread and love to homeless shelters, senior centers, rehab facilities and other agencies around southeastern Connecticut, all before going to her job. Today, Panera Bread Corporation has institutionalized Libby’s philanthropic dream and donates leftover product to local charities nationwide. Libby’s compassion for those less fortunate went beyond mankind. She was known to adopt more dogs and cats than her family can remember. A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Post Office, Libby was proud of her tenure in Mystic, West Mystic, Old Lyme and Lisbon.
Libby is survived by her devoted husband of 25 years, Tom Flanagan. She is also survived by her mother Carolyn Leuze of New London; her sister Katie Bradford of Mystic; her sister Hannah Will Cassidy; and her nieces, Maggie and Emma Will of Squantum, Mass.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services at the funeral home are private. There will be a public graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 9, in St. Mary Cemetery, New London. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to your local animal control office, donate food to a local food bank, put bird seed out for your aviary friends, or buy flowers for yourself. Donations can also be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation or to the Smilow Cancer Center in Waterford. A celebration of Libby’s life will be held when conditions will allow.




Graveside Service
St. Mary Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Saturday, January 9, 2021
11:00 AM

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