Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - O. L. Slaton Choir teacher, Larry Bichsel remembers fifteen year old Elizabeth Ennen as a caring, thoughtful, and sweet student. "I am saddened that many other people missed out on the opportunity to meet this really wonderful young lady." Bichsel taught Elizabeth for two years during middle school.
"I am so thankful to have known Elizabeth and I am so blessed to have had her here and to have made music with her," he said.
He remembers her vividly and says, "she was incredibly caring, thoughtful and she was also very mindful of others around her."
Bichsel says Elizabeth had an incredible desire to learn. "She was fantastic, I mean she brought a willingness to what she did, she most certainly wanted to be successful."
"Elizabeth was poised to be a beautiful woman, she was poised to be a great mother, a great friend, a great person, and the worst part of all of this is that the potential for greatness in her life and her positive impact to continue has been cut short," Bichsel said.
He played the recordings of the music she sang while in his class. The lyrics read:
I did not die, by Ulrich
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there
I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the gentle glint at snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle morning rain
He says when he listens to her music he is thankful. "Oh friend, thankfulness, I'm thankful that I got a chance to make music with Elizabeth."
He finds a place to release his emotions on the back of her class portrait, he writes 'I am thankful for the time.'
"Of course there's incredible sadness but as musicians we share that kind of intimacy with one another that you cant take away from us ever. So as I hear it I'm thankful I have an image of her and a recording of that voice," Bichsel said.
A voice that he says will live on in his memory forever.