Elizabeth Ford, a graphic designer with the University Relations & Marketing department, passed away Sunday, July 27, after a long illness.

Liz Ford

Liz Ford

A graduate of Parkwood High School who obtained her bachelor’s in fine arts from Missouri Southern in 1977, Ford worked for Freeman and Oak Hill hospitals before joining MSSU in June of 1999. During her time with MSSU, she was responsible for layout and design of university publications, ads, billboards and web graphics.

“Every day, Liz brought vibrance, humor and creativity to our department,” said URM Director Cassie Mathes. “She was a longtime asset to this university and her passing has been a hard loss for us.”

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, 3701 E. Seventh St. Funeral services are schedule for 11 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin.