Well, it finally came knocking. It's been quite a year. This is what I wrote today to submit to papers all over the world where my mom lived at one time in her quite amazing life:
I've made a photo album of her life if you'd like to see a visual biography....
She was born in Fargo, North Dakota to John B. and Agnes (Williams) Halloran on August 12, 1925.
In 1980, Elizabeth became the founding Librarian at the Iron Range Research Center in Chisholm. Her efforts were instrumental in defining what that library is today, especially in regard to the genealogical materials held in the collections. She touched the lives of thousands of people by teaching the skills required for historical and genealogical research, and enriching their lives through building understanding of their personal place in the history of the Iron Range. She retired in 1992.
She was accepted into graduate school in Linguistics at U.C. Berkeley, in California in 1949, where she met her husband-to-be, William Bright. She completed substantive research on the Patwin language, with numerous field recordings, published and archived at U.C. Berkeley. She loved language and writing systems, and took a great deal of pleasure in German, French, Classical Greek, and Sanskrit.
Elizabeth married in 1952 and traveled overseas to live in Europe where her husband was stationed during the Korean War.
After his service was completed, they continued their studies in Berkeley, and in 1955, the couple moved to Southern India. Her years in Bangalore were the happiest time of her life.
Upon leaving Asia, she became pregnant and gave birth to their daughter, Susannah, in 1958. They divorced in 1961, and Elizabeth raised her daughter in California for the next ten years, teaching English and German in high school, and finally resuming graduate school in Library Science at Immaculate Heart College, where she gradated in 1970.
She accepted a librarian position in Edmonton, Alberta in 1970, and lived there for three years before returning to California. She became the City Librarian of Paso Robles, CA from 1973-1977, but ultimately decided to return to Minnesota.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Susannah Bright, her granddaughter Aretha Elizabeth Bright, her sister Mae Patrice Kilian, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Molly Halloran, Frances Halloran Fernsler, and her brother Patrick “Bud” Halloran.