Nov. 20, 1986 ~ Jan. 25, 2017
Elizabeth Inez Rankl passed away unexpectedly on January 25, 2017, at her residence in Carson City.
Liz was born and raised in Carson City and graduated from Carson High in 2005. She grew up skiing at Diamond Peak and spending countless hours swimming and catching crawdads at Sand Harbor. Liz was an excellent student and a gifted athlete. She was a member of the Carson High golf, basketball and softball teams. Liz had an amazingly beautiful golf swing and would surprise the old guys at the course by crushing drives off the men’s tees.
In 2009, Liz graduated from UNR with a degree in Civil Engineering. After a college internship with Paiute Pipeline, Liz worked as an engineer for Southwest Gas and Paiute Pipeline. Liz truly loved her job and all the wonderful people she worked with. She could talk for hours explaining the ins and outs of engineering natural gas lines. Liz liked to volunteer at local schools for STEM programs to show young women they too could grow up to be engineers. She helped organize Southwest Gas’ “Speakeasy” program designed to encourage and develop public speaking skills. In her free time, she loved camping with her fiancé Brian at Twin Lakes and relaxing on the boat, shopping with her mother (she looked good in everything), playing golf with her father, being a Dallas Cowboys fan, and caring for her beloved dog Talia.
Liz is survived by her parents, Jim Rankl and Susan Scholley; her younger sister, Abby Rankl; her fiancé Brian Reid; her grandparents in Maryland and New Jersey; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins on the East Coast.
Liz was with us for far too short a time. Her parents, family, fiancé and friends will forever feel they have lost a part of themselves and miss her so very much. She touched the lives of many and had a million-dollar smile that will never be forgotten.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer in the warmth of the sun.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to FISH in Carson City or the Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary in Washoe Valley are encouraged.