Elizabeth (Blackman) Tolles


Elizabeth Tolles, 83, passed away on December 22, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Connecticut and raised in Brookfield Center. She attended Danbury High School and received her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where she met her beloved husband of 61 years, William. They lived in Berkeley, CA, Houston, TX, and Carmel, CA, where Elizabeth practiced Physical Therapy and she and her husband raised their two children, Christopher and Laurie. In the "80s, they moved to Mount Vernon, VA, and Elizabeth became active in the Presbyterian Women of Heritage Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth was a dedicated volunteer and Elder who served with Dorcas Circle, Community World Service and Church World Service. She coordinated blood drives and worked with the Library Committee, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, and the Neighbors After-School Program. She will be remembered lovingly by her family and life-long friends from coast to coast as a servant of God, a UCONN basketball fan, and an avid collector of proud penguins. Contributions, in memory of Elizabeth, may be made to Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22308. A celebration of Elizabeth's life will take place online through the church.