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March 9, 1946 ~ October 8, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Mid morning, October 9, 2023, Lisbeth Leigh (Olivia Daniels) Chance died in Lumberton, Texas age 78, after a long battle with diabetes and its complications. She was loved and will be greatly missed. She was cremated on the 11th and given to her family. She is survived by her eldest daughter Amanda Wyn Walker, her granddaughter Jan Ashleigh Johnson and her great grandchildren, Jacie and Mathias, all in West Texas, her nephew Nick Coleman in New York, as well as her oldest surviving friend Sherry Duhon of Leander, Texas. Born on March 9, 1946 to Mary Alice (Olds) Daniels and Sirm Preston Daniels in Kirbyville, Texas, Lisbeth lived a modest and simple life. She loved East Texas and if she left, she would never be gone long. She successfully raised and supported 3 children, mostly as a single mother, published 5 books, saw many countries when she worked as a civilian with the Army medical corp during Vietnam. She could watercolor, throw pots on a wheel, enjoyed British mysteries, liked all things Navajo, she liked Bob Seger and Linda Ronstadt and could sing harmony like no one else, like an angel. In 1983 when she was 37, she won first place in a talent show singing Juice Newton’s The Sweetest Thing. In 1984, she won the Golden Heart Award for her first novel The Cutting Edge, an award for best unpublished author in a genre. She started writing 20 years earlier, picked it up again and went on to publish 4 more times under her name, Lisbeth Chance, and also as Leigh Daniels. She was a member of the East Texas Writers Guild for more than 20 years, getting her start and finding camaraderie with other local authors at The Book Rack in Beaumont, Texas. For most of her life, here in the states, even past retirement age, she worked as a medical transcriptionist, using her talent for accuracy, her knowledge garnered in medicine during war as well as typing 245 words a minute. She was one of the first to lead in web transcription to and through its web based evolution in Austin, Texas.
Cremation services will be held under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home.