OBITUARY: Elizabeth Danalds

Elizabeth Danalds

Elizabeth (Ward-Larson) Danalds – a dedicated wife and mother, Christ-centered servant toward others, and tireless advocate for children and special-needs causes – died unexpectedly Saturday morning, Nov 20, 2021. She was 41 years old.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband Tyler Danalds and three children: Evan (14), Alex (13) and Anna (9); her mother Charlotte Ward; sisters Emily Ward-Larson and Ellen Cowens; brother Jon Larson; parents-in-law Steve and Patricia Danalds; sister-in-law Tiffany Ross; and brothers-in-law Nathan Ross and Benjamin Cowens

Preceding her in death are her father, Jerry Larson; maternal grandparents Robert and Jane Ward; and paternal grandparents Franz & Mattie Lou Larson.

Elizabeth was born in Memphis, Tenn., on December 11, 1979 and almost as soon as she could walk, she started to dance. Ballet was a consistent passion of her childhood, and she often danced in Ballet Memphis’ annual production of “The Nutcracker” during her adolescent and high school years. She graduated from Ridgeway High School in 1998.

Elizabeth attended Drury College (now University) in Springfield, Mo., from 1998-2002. It was here she met Tyler. While at Drury, Elizabeth was an active servant member of Logos – a Christian, interdenominational campus ministry – and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.

Elizabeth and Tyler stayed in southwest Missouri after graduation and were married on April 25, 2003. Four years later, they started their family. Eventually, they settled in Mount Juliet, Tenn., and Elizabeth became heavily involved in serving within the children’s schools, year after year. With her volunteer’s heart, she joyfully participated in countless church and school roles, as well as community events and activities for her children. Elizabeth selflessly focused on creating the greatest experiences for all those around her.

The Celebration of Life for Elizabeth, and for her beloved Tyler, is 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 2021 at The Bridge Fellowship (5066 Lebanon Rd), Lebanon TN. Visitation at The Bridge Fellowship on Saturday is from 9:30 a.m. until the service begins at 11 a.m. Visitation is also Friday, December 17, 2021 at Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Empower Me Center, an amazing local special needs organization very close to Elizabeth’s heart. You can donate in the upper right corner of their website,, and at the end, select Memorial, and enter Elizabeth’s name.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.

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