Elizabeth R. Sessions with the Lord

February 27, 2017

An honored Columbia International University alumna and faithful CIU supporter has gone home to be with the Lord.

Elizabeth Rikard Sessions was ushered into glory on Feb. 24. She was 98 years old.

Mrs. Sessions graduated from CIU, then called Columbia Bible College, in 1943. She went on to assist in the founding of Rikard Nursing Homes in Lexington County, South Carolina where she served the elderly for 28 years. Mrs. Sessions also served on CIU’s board of trustees for 17 years, and received several honors from CIU including the dedication of Rikard Dining Room, Alumna of the Year in 1999 and an honorary doctorate in 2010.

In 2012, after Mrs. Sessions heard of CIU’s vision to begin its first athletics program, her financial generosity made the soccer field a reality. It was dedicated to her in November, and now carries her name.

The family will receive friends Feb. 27 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Lexington Baptist Church, 308 E. Main St. in Lexington, South Carolina. The Funeral Service will be held Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at Lexington Baptist Church.

Learn more about the life of Mrs. Sessions at the website of the Caughman-Harman Funeral Home