Jan. 28, 1950 - Sept. 4, 2012
Elizabeth Ellen "Lisa" Maxwell, special-education teacher in Holland schools and the inspiration for a cancer research fund tournament, died Tuesday in her Orchard Park home after a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma. She was 62.
Born Elizabeth Bush in Buffalo, she attended Holy Angels Academy, where she was a class officer and served as editor of the school newspaper. She went on to graduate from Buffalo State College, where she earned a master's degree in education.
Mrs. Maxwell was a special-education teacher in the Holland Central School District for nearly 20 years. She taught at both the middle school and high school, and was a member of Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teachers sorority.
In her honor, her son Timothy Maxwell began a charity event to raise money for patients with blood cancer. The Dude Hates Cancer is a bowling tournament themed after the movie "The Big Lebowski." The Dude effort began six years ago in Philadelphia and in Buffalo this year.
In those six years, the tournaments have raised more than $250,000 for blood cancer research for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Surviving in addition to Mrs. Maxwell's son are her husband, Robert G.; another son, Robert A.; a daughter, Ellen Notarius; and a brother, John Bush.
A funeral service will be held ay 10 a.m. Saturday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.