Elizabeth T. Sens
February 13, 1925- November 28, 2020
Elizabeth Theresa Corrado Sens entered this world on February 13, 1925 and passed away peacefully on November 28, 2020 after bravely battling a long illness. She was 95 years old. Elizabeth was born in Washington, DC, to the late Anna and Louis Corrado. She is survived by her seven children, Mary Elaine Edelen and husband Charles, Sharon McMurray and husband Robert, Susan Starkey, Gilbert Anthony Sens, Charles Sens, Sr., William Sens, Sr. and wife Mary, and Catherine Sens-Marshall. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, John R. Sens, Jr. and her son, John R. Sens, III. She also had four siblings who preceded her in death. She leaves behind 18 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren and other extended family.
A remarkably devoted wife and mother, Elizabeth cherished her family. She and John married and relocated to the Randle Cliff community of Chesapeake Beach, MD, where they raised their eight children and built their life together until John’s death in 2008.
Elizabeth was humble and generous , always striving to follow the example of Christ. She loved the Bible and ministering to others, sharing her hope of the promise of God’s kingdom and helping the sick, elderly and those in need. She was a loyal and faithful servant of Jehovah for many years.
Elizabeth led an active life until her illness incapacitated her. She loved to dance, garden and spend time at the beach. An avid reader and crossword puzzler, she loved to learn new things. At only 5’1” and armed with her beautiful smile and a bright light in her eyes, she was known for her big open heart, giving of herself and a gift for making others feel special. She was very creative and talented — an exceptional cook, decorator and designer, with a great fashion sense. She adored babies and old folks and anyone else who needed care. She was hard-working and found joy in sharing the fruits of her labor, exemplifying the Scripture, “there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”
Known for her independent spirit and love of driving, we smile when we recall her habit of driving whatever vehicle was at her disposal — even if that involved transporting you to a doctor’s appointment in a large stake body truck that required two pillows to reach the pedals.
She was a wonderful storyteller, knowing how to make it live, adding just the right amount of detail and humor. She was engaged right up until the end, even when her mind was letting her down. She remained interested in all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her wide circle of friends. She had the most beautiful handwriting and, over the years, she sent countless cards and notes to the people in her life.
Anyone who knew her would attest to her resilience, wisdom and courage, her tenacity and tenderness. She met challenges with vigor and action. She taught us to show interest in others, to celebrate and root for others, to find joy, laughter and fun, to find the upside, to find the incomparable happiness of giving generously. Her boundless love for others is her final legacy. She was a true blessing to us all and we miss her greatly. May she inspire us all to greater love, compassion and grace.
We would like to express appreciation to those staff members at the Calvert County Nursing Center who cared for her with kindness, warmth and patience.
A private online memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020.
Saturday, December 19, 2020