Elizabeth Jane Pardo, age 78, of McGregor, Texas, passed away Sunday, May 30, 2021, from lung and heart failure. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday July 8, 2021, in the Parlor of Grace Gardens Funeral Home, 8220 Woodway Dr., Waco. The funeral service will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 9, 2021, in the Chapel of Grace Gardens Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Tolleson officiating. Private interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Elizabeth was born October 4, 1942 in Fairmont, West Virginia, to Margaret Mae Williams and Charles Smith Straight, Jr., the youngest of three children. She was noted for her beautiful auburn hair, that she wore in pigtails as a little girl. Her parents moved from the green hills of West Virginia to Phoenix, Arizona desert where she attended school and graduated from Central High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Brian Dodd Pardo, August 17, 1962 and shared a life with him in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and ultimately in Waco, Texas where they raised their two daughters. She instilled the love of all animals (horses, dogs, cattle) in her family & she was survived by her dogs Cody Joe and Lacy.
Besides being a savvy business woman, working at General Electric in Arizona and ultimately supervising a processing team for her husband’s business, Elizabeth’s first love was her roles of wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She found joy in life and always talked with a smile. She was a self-taught cook, much to her families delight and surprise.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Brian, two daughters, Lisa and another daughter, three grandchildren and great grandchildren. All live in Texas. She is also survived by her brother, Richard C. Straight and wife Shannon of Sandy, Utah, and sister, Kathryn Ann Stevenson and husband Daniel of Tucson, Arizona.
Special thank you to the Medrano family for their special care of Elizabeth over the last several years, as well as the nursing staff at Providence Hospital.
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