Elizabeth Louise Bio, 82, of Naples Florida, passed away peacefully on February 25th, 2023, after a short diagnosis of leukemia and a three-year struggle with osteoporosis.
Liz was born on August 30th, 1940, to Mable C. Evans and John C. Benson in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Anacostia High School in Washington DC, in 1958.
After graduating, she went to work as a clerk stenographer for the Department of the Airforce in Washington DC.
Liz was the beloved mother of three daughters, Jill, Beth, and Leigh Anne, from her former spouse of 23 years. She gave her life to Christ in her early 20’s at a Bible study with her father. She passed on the biblical truths and values she learned to her three daughters and raised them in the Grace Brethren Church of Temple Hills, Maryland. There, she volunteered her time as a Pioneer Girl leader of young people for many years.
Liz was passionate about enjoying her life to the fullest and was never afraid to take on new opportunities. She furthered her career in a different direction completing cosmetology school in 1985. Her first job as a hairdresser was at Mei’s Hair Care in Wildwood, Maryland.
Liz met the love of her life, Sonny Bio, in Naples Florida in 1998. They married in 2000. She then relocated from Maryland to Naples.
Liz and Sonny enjoyed the adventure of entrepreneurship while creating the Gel Candle Shop together in Naples, Florida. She also enjoyed working at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club of 12 years, and part time at Tara’s Hair Studio & Spa as a stylist. Wedding updos were her forte. She developed quite a nice clientele as she loved on people, communicating, laughing, and engaging in stories with her clients. Liz’s hands were rarely still. She was highly skilled with knitting needles. She enjoyed shelling at the beaches and creating lighted shell Christmas trees and shell wreaths, while watching her favorite Christmas and Hallmark movies on television. She loved old hymns. “Blessed Assurance” was a favorite, as it reminded her of her dear father. She loved piano and classy jazz music, especially live. And she loved a succulent lobster dinner at every opportunity!! Liz found great reward in volunteering her free time cutting hair for Hospice, and feeding the needy at St. Matthews in Naples, Florida. She treasured her family and delighted in cooking and entertaining for them as often as she could. She had a “skip in her step” and a “song in her voice” while preparing for their visits.
Relaxing time for Liz meant watching the beautiful sunsets with Sonny from their lanai nightly.
Liz held a positive spirit in all walks of life. She radiated the joy of the Lord, and everyone she met could feel her love. She was a living example one of her favorite bible verses, Ephesians 4:32… And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
In addition to her parents, Liz was predeceased by her siblings, brother, Johnny Benson, and sister Mary Ann Schmidt. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Sonny Bio,
sister, Janice DePuy, her three children, Jill Goerdt, Beth Young, Leigh Anne D’Avanzo, her three stepchildren, Nick Bio, Robin Nieto, and Samantha Hall. As well as, 6 great grandchildren and 14 grandchildren, with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Our family is comforted in knowing she is at peace and rejoicing in Heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.
A funeral mass is being held on April 11, 2023 at 11:00am at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 28th Avenue, SW, Naples, Florida, where she attended with her surviving husband, Sonny.
A celebration of her life will be held in Maryland as well, in late spring.
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