By Sunny Clark, PQ Monthly
Elizabeth “Beth” Antoinette Darr, 34, passed away in her Seattle home unexpectedly on April 30, 2012, following several years of suffering from complications due to internal injuries sustained in a 2004 auto accident.
Beth, born June 10, 1977, in St. Louis, Mo., became well-known as a young entrepreneur with a great love for dogs, and was an active member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Recording Academy Grammy Association Society. She founded Illuminati Entertainment in order to help young musicians reach their audiences, and leaves behind a host of grieving family, colleagues, and dear friends.
During the most difficult part of her life she created a national social media site for women. Lezzbook.com was the brainchild of Beth, reflecting her spirited, social personality, and her stellar networking abilities.
Lezzbook.com now has 10,000 members and was in the process of retooling for a spring relaunch with a new editor when Beth passed away. Beth’s work will carry on, following a period of mourning and regrouping.
“I wish to thank Beth’s Lezzbook.com community for their loving support, especially through her most difficult period of the last two years,” said Beth’s mother, Regina Froyd. “Our Elizabeth was born a star. Your father and I now carry you always in our hearts. We will never say good-bye, only ‘See you, beautiful child,’ when it is time.”
Beth was always much beloved and respected for both her professionalism and her cheerful disposition, despite her personal health struggles. Indeed, few knew how hard her struggle was since the fateful collision of 2004.
“She was a bright light, a visionary … Her smile was always large and in charge … My heart, thoughts, and well wishes go out to her close friends, family, and partner. She was a class act,” L.A. Kendall, a Seattle-based DJ and party promoter who frequently loans her talents to Portland’s queer scene, wrote in her blog, “The Eyes of Laura Kendall.”
Beth is survived by her mother, Regina Froyd of Seattle; father, Stephen A. Darr, of Atlanta; paternal grandparents, Antoinette and Bert Darr, of Illinois; and her life partner, Leslie Ann Engen, of Washington.
Beth will be buried on May 9 in a private ceremony. A public memorial is being planned in Seattle for June.
Donations in Elizabeth Darr’s name, in lieu of flowers, may be made to her pet charities, most notably, the It Gets Better Project, PAWS, and the World Wildlife Fund.