Elizabeth and her younger sister, Veronica, got along better as adults than they had as kids

Elizabeth was born to James and Margaret Sherman on August 22, 1976. Three years later, another daughter, Veronica, joined the Sherman family. From the very beginning, Elizabeth was jealous of her baby sister. For three years, she had been the center of her parents’ attention. Things only got worse, in Elizabeth’s eyes, as they grew older.

Liz felt nothing she did was ever good enough. Veronica’s grades were better, and she was more popular, smarter and even stronger. When Liz was in the fourth grade, other kids started calling the girls Betty and Veronica. A boy on the school bus started it, and it expanded from there. Liz hated it.

When Elizabeth was 10 years old, she watched the movie Old Yeller and begged for a golden retriever for Christmas. Her parents surprised her with a puppy, who she named Yeller. He was a loyal dog, who slept beside Liz’s bed every night and waited by the door every day for her return from school. When the girls would call for the dog at the same time, he always went to Liz. Liz had finally found someone who chose her over her sister.

When Liz entered junior high, she found something that she loved and she was good at when she made the track team. Her coach told her that once she got her legs “muscled up,” she would be an asset to the team. She worked hard and broke the school’s record for the 400-meter run when she was a sophomore. Later that same year, she fell and severely broke her ankle. She had to give up running, but her record stood for almost two years. It was beaten during Liz’s senior year by a freshman: her kid sister.

On Liz’s 17th birthday, her dad accidentally ran over Yeller while the dog was sleeping in the garage under the car. The family rushed him to the vet, but he had internal injuries and the doctors couldn’t save him. Liz decided then and there that she was going to be a vet.

She attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and license to practice. During her training, Liz got pregnant and gave birth to a son in 2006. Even as the mother of a newborn, she forged ahead with her veterinary training and internship. In 2009, she went to work at Veterinary Associates, a general and emergency pet care center in Grenada, Mississippi.

Liz has never married but has been in a committed relationship with Heath Barrows since her junior year of high school. Heath has asked Liz to marry him several times, but she continues to put it off. They live in Grenada with their son Sean, 11, and their daughter, Sadie, six.


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