In Memorium Elizabeth Paris

by Barbara Nicholson on December 9, 2009

Attachment Parenting International realized a long-held goal to have a book that captured the essence of Attachment Parenting. Of great blessing was to publish the book with a cover that captured the essence of an Attachment Parenting family–the Paris-Barnet Ress family of Nashville, Tennessee, mother Elizabeth Paris, father Jay Barnet Ress, and children Zachary and Elysha. The love in this family was captured in such a way, that those who see the book cover are stunned by it’s beauty and joy. So many people have told us that if a picture says a thousand words, we could not have chosen a better cover for our book.

At this Thanksgiving time, Elizabeth’s long struggle with cancer came to an end. While API mourns her loss and grieves with the family, along with the API of Nashville Support Group, API is honored to have been graced with her life and this enduring cover photo treasure of secure attachment.  Her children are a testimony to the enduring love she had for them, her husband Jay, and her extended family and friends.

Here is a short biographical sketch of Elizabeth:
Elizabeth Paris, wife of Jay Barnet Ress and mother of Zachary and Elysha was active in Nashville’s Hillsboro Neighborhood Assn, La Leche League, Attachment Parenting International, and Ronald MacDonald House. She was a Stanford University graduate, with a Phd in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. She was born in Cincinnati, traveled extensively, and taught at a private high school in Los Angeles and in the Harvard University Science Department. She was a Dibner fellow and an Argonne National Lab Historian. She was a cherished wife, mother and friend. September 4, 1968 – November 28, 2009.

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Joy December 10, 2009 at 12:01 am

Oh how awful! My heart is with her family as they mourn their loss. I lost my mother to cancer when pregnant with my firstborn so I understand their grief. *HUGS*

Joanna Glass February 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Every day I pick up my Attached At The Heart book and look at the cover and think of Elizabeth and her lovely family. I know how blessed I am to have my family together and how much Attachment Parenting International has helped me become a better mother each and every day. Her passing reminds me to treat each day like it is the first and the last and that the most important thing is our happiness and love.
Sending my love to her amazing family. You have touched so many lives.

Jean Deken March 3, 2010 at 3:53 am

I am simply stunned to learn that Elizabeth is no longer with us. My heart goes out to Jay, Zachary and Elysha. You have my very deepest sympathy.

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