Uptown Liz was created in the memory of the late Elizabeth Ann Overturf, who died at the age of 28 years old on February 1, 2006 from a long and painful battle with breast cancer. She found a lump in her breast at 23 years old and her doctor told her there was no chance of it being cancer and not to worry. A few years later she started having soreness and pain in her back, neck, and ribs but thought nothing of it until one day she got up from bed and could no longer walk. After multiple tests, a bone scan was done and the doctors discovered she had cancer on numerous bones...a terminal diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic breast cancer soon followed - she was 26 years old at the time.
Liz had hopes and dreams, not so different from most people. She wanted to finish college, own a home, but most of all she wanted to be married with children. She was beautiful, generous and brilliant. She loved to cook and could answer almost every question on "Jeopardy". Her laser sharp sense of humor and impersonations made everyone laugh until they cried.
Liz was also a fashionista; she loved clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelry and perfume. One of her dreams was to own a clothing boutique with her sister, Ramona Russell. Because this was one of many dreams cut short for Liz, Ramona decided to create Uptown Liz and launch it on what would have been her sister's thirtieth birthday, July 17, 2007.