Elizabeth Flack Kennis

March 2, 1970 - August 17, 2023

Williamsburg, VA – Elizabeth Flack Kennis, 53, finished her race on August 17, 2023 surrounded by her family after a thirteen year battle with cancer.  She moved through the world with a grace, elegance, and smile that can never be replicated or forgotten.

Elizabeth was born on March 2, 1970 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in Second-Ponce De Leon Baptist Church she loved singing, as a member of the cherub and then church choirs, as well as participating in youth ministries where she met her lifelong friends. When not singing in Church she was likely found giving renditions of Olivia Newton John’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”

Elizabeth graduated in 1988 from Riverwood High School and subsequently enrolled at Auburn University where she earned a degree in elementary education in 1992 and served as an engaged member of CRU Campus Ministries. It was through this community that she met her soon-to-be husband Paul. The two shared a strong faith that blossomed into love and were wed at Second-Ponce De Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta in 1992. In 1994, while living in New Orleans, they welcomed their first child, Graham. And then in 2000 after moving to Williamsburg, VA they welcomed their second child, Elisabeth Claire.

In her 28 years in Williamsburg, Elizabeth became a pillar of the local community first through her persistent engagement with local charities and faith groups. Then, in 2013 Elizabeth opened her own interior design firm, Elizabeth Interiors. In the last 10 years Elizabeth Interiors grew to become a successful firm with projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic as far south as her hometown of Atlanta covering both residential and commercial spaces. She worked predominantly with light and texture to create comfortable and vibrant spaces that reflected the personalities of her clients. Her timeless style was endlessly adaptable, always recognizable, and never identical. If you want to enjoy her public works, head to Three Sisters Boutique to shop, or grab a drink at either the Virginia Beer Company or Silverhand Meadery in Williamsburg, VA.

Elizabeth loved God first, others before herself and filled each space she touched with brightness and comfort. In any one of her many hospital visits, you were likely to find staff around her room in their free time. To her family, she was a source of strength, poise, and enduring playfulness. She loved lasagna and her mother’s salad dressing, the beach at Oak Island, a well-built hearth, a spoon full of queso, Notting Hill and Elizabethtown (the movie), Bear (the dog), sunny days, tulips, and Auburn Football. She will be remembered and carried on by her ability to bring out the brilliance in those around her.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her father, William R. Flack.

She is survived by her adoring husband Paul and their two children, Graham and Claire as well as her mother Katherine Marshall Flack, her brother John and his wife Jeanne.

Donations in Elizabeth’s honor can be made to La Puente of Alamosa, Colorado or the Tunnels to Towers Foundation. A celebration of her life will be held at the Williamsburg Community Chapel at 2:00 PM on Friday August 25, 2023.


Celebration of Life

Friday, August 25, 2023
2:00 PM

Williamsburg Community Chapel - Directions
3899 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • March 09, 2024
    Nancy Leach says:
    My heart is so sad to hear of Elizabeth’s passing. I will always remember the many blessings we shared together on the Praise and Worship Team at Greensprings Chapel. My love and prayers go out to Paul, Graham and Claire. Praise God for his comfort on this precious family.

  • August 26, 2023
    Rob and Laura Passanita says:
    We enjoyed being friends with Elizabeth and Paul during their time at Greensprings Chapel and her interaction with all the youth. She was always a bright light and always loved God first but her family was her passion. I know she will be sorely missed. Our prayers to Paul and the kids 🙏

  • August 25, 2023
    Joe Weber says:
    To Paul and family, Extremely sorry for your loss. Take care of yourselves and remember the times you had.

  • August 25, 2023
    Laura Meek Royal says:
    I had the honor of living with Elizabeth with two other girls in Auburn after our freshman year. God used that summer to grow me spiritually, and Elizabeth had so much to do with that. Her love for Gods word and her conviction of the truth of scripture was both inviting and contagious. I saw what she had, and I wanted it too. Her presence that summer was very impactful for me. Paul, Graham and Claire, you are in my prayers as you adjust to this new normal.

  • August 25, 2023
    Doris and Vinton Land says:
    There are no words to express how deeply saddened Vinton and I were to learn of Elizabeth's passing. We will remember her for her grace, strength , courage, perseverance and her sweet, sweet spirit. But, most of all, we will remember her for her steadfast and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was a bright, light in this world. A beautiful soul. It was an honor and a blessing to know her. We will miss her. May she rest in peace now in her eternal home in the arms of her loving Heavenly Father. Paul, Graham, Claire, Katherine and family, May God bless you and keep you in His care. May He fill your hearts with all peace and comfort in the days ahead.