Celebration of life this Friday for Lis Rudolph, 1965-2016

Family and friends will gather Friday to celebrate the life of Lis Rudolph. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Elisabeth R. Rudolph (Gabler), born December 11, 1965, was in a fatal accident on July 16, 2016, and died on July 17th.

She is survived by her loving family: her husband, Scott Rudolph, and her children Cole, Cooper, Christopher, and Audrey. Also mourning her loss are her parents Jack and Idella Gabler and brothers Jon and his family, and Jim and Steve.

Lis graduated from Sealth High School in 1983 and Seattle Pacific University. Lis was an honored employee of the Seattle Fire Department’s FMO Division. A celebration of Lis’s life will be held Friday, July 29th, 2016, at Shorewood Foursquare Church at 7 p.m., 10300 28th Ave SW.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Lis Rudolph to Shorewood Foursquare Church (for the school), World Vision, Antioch Adoptions, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, or directly to Scott and Lis’s family/children through Seattle’s Bravest Charity (a licensed 501c3 charity), earmarked for Lis Rudolph’s family.

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14 Replies to "Celebration of life this Friday for Lis Rudolph, 1965-2016"

  • Bonnie July 25, 2016 (1:14 pm)

    I did not know Lis, but several of my friends did and I have read about her accident through friends facebook posts. I am so sorry for the family’s loss and please don’t text and drive.  So very important.  That text is not as important as someone’s life.  :(

  • Sealth Grad July 25, 2016 (4:09 pm)

    This is my first awareness of this tragedy.  I knew Lis back in the days when I went to school with her brother, and when I spent far too many hours hanging out at the local bowling alley with Lis’s brothers.

    Even beyond her visible beauty, Lis always exhibited the ‘softest’ and most approachable personality.  She was sincere and genuine to everybody in her path, and I can only hope that her kids are deeply rooted in that same ethic, as it will serve them very well throughout the future.

    There is no way to justify such a tragedy, especially to Lis’s offspring, and I hope that time helps them to inspire and motivate themselves from within, to LIVE as they were inspired early on, by their mother.

    Cole, Cooper, Christopher, and Audrey…  I knew that (young) woman when I was a teenager and when I was in my early 20’s, and she was always so authentic and genuine.  IF YOU can keep her every inspiration within you at least until you reach age 25, then you’re sure to be safe from most of the pitfalls of teenage life and those of young adulthood.  All you need to do is live as she did, and as she taught and inspired you to live.  By age 25, your own momentum on such a course will carry you each to your respective dreams as your mother looks down upon you from heaven.

    But you each need to resolve to follow ‘mom’s’ warm example as you boldly march-on without her.

    Recognize that your mother’s death was nothing other than a terrible tragedy, and that you did not in any way deserve or bring this on yourselves.

    I know that life isn’t fair…  but with your mother’s inspiration and warmth already within you, the best is yet to come for each one of you.

    I am sorry for your loss.

    ~ Sealth Grad

  • ~Mrs. Ablin July 25, 2016 (5:56 pm)

    Sealth Grad,

    What warm and loving words for her beloved children. Makes me wish I knew her. Praying for this sweet family.  Many are weeping with you, even ones who do not know your family or dear mother like myself. I am so sorry for your sadness and great loss. I cannot imagine.

    Though this is hard to see now through the fog of the loss of your dear Mom, I’m thankful this is not the end of her story. Christ made possible a happy joyous reunion, where you will indeed be reunited with her forever. The sting of death will be gone and you will be with her again in the presence of your rescuer.

  • Guy July 25, 2016 (7:44 pm)

    What happened?

  • Kap July 25, 2016 (8:46 pm)


  • Scott Rudolph July 25, 2016 (9:13 pm)

    Lis and her friend Jody were hit from behind by a distracted driver on i-5. Both souls were gone in an instant and a Dr from near Seattle was on scene to intibate which allowed them both to be organ donors.  

  • Kay Maletta July 25, 2016 (11:03 pm)

    My prayers and condolences are with her dear family.  I did not know her, but am touched by her story. Prayers for comfort and peace and may God wrap his arms of love around all of you.

  • M Armstrong July 25, 2016 (11:17 pm)

    So very sorry for your loss. May God Bless and Guide you thru the days and months to come. ma

  • Andy July 26, 2016 (3:31 am)

    I didn’t know this lady, but it is so sad when these things happen. My condolences to the family.

  • Colleague July 26, 2016 (9:32 am)

    I met Lis through her time at the FMO. Please know she was a bright spot at the FMO and was beloved by many who worked there. Her generosity and kindness extended to many. We are holding you in our thoughts.

  • Bonnie Lemert July 26, 2016 (10:23 am)

    Dear Scott, Cole, Cooper, Christopher and Audrey,

    Even though we have not seen your family in many years the news of Lis’s death was numbing.  All we can do is offer up prayers for all of you asking God to carry you through this deep valley.  We will not be able to attend her service, as we will be out of town, but know you are in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers.

    Ron and Bonnie Lemert  (Grace Church)

  • Stephen and Margo Hillis July 26, 2016 (10:25 pm)

    Dear Scott, Cole, Cooper, Christopher, and Audrey,

    We are stunned and deeply saddened by the news of your loss of Lis, beloved wife and mother.

    Please know you are ALL in our thoughts and prayers.

    May your memories be a blessing and bring you peace.

    In Him,

  • Lj Prohaska July 28, 2016 (8:41 pm)

    Our Condolences!   Our family will try and be there.   

  • Sandilynn Wood July 31, 2016 (11:49 pm)

    My prayers are with the whole family, a former Sealth classmate 

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