LIBERTY — Having served the broader Liberty community since 2016, Liberty Public Schools announced Friday, Feb. 21, that Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services Beth Heide passed away after a lengthy battle with illness.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we share with you the news today, of the passing of Dr. Beth Heide,” Superintendent Jeremy Tucker said in a letter to the community. “While we no doubt will always remember her for being a tremendous servant leader and guiding the work of such a vital department, we will cherish the memories of her kindness and fun-loving nature she brought to our leadership team.

“We can’t express the inspiration she provided all of us over the course of the past two years as she battled her illness. She refused to be deterred,” Tucker continued, “and continued to serve in her role to make a positive impact on our district. This was evident by the fact that she worked in her position as recently as last week.”

It was always her passion to give to students and the district, school board member David Evans told the Courier-Tribune.

Since the announcement, there has been an outpouring of condolences on social media to the Heide family, her friends and all those she impacted working at the Central School District and LPS over the years.

“All the best to the Heide family and her LPS family. It was my (sincere) pleasure to get a chance to know Beth, and work with her over the past few years. One of the truly inspirational people I have ever worked with. I know there is a special place in heaven for this wonderful soul,” Phil Baumert posted to the LPS Facebook.

Shea Henderson posted, “Dr. Heide was the best kind of person. Though our conversations were few and far between, she left a clear impression as someone who was thoughtful, incredibly smart, welcoming, passionate about her work and full of positivity. Thinking of those who knew her and loved her so well. It’s certainly a sizable crowd.”

Board member Scott Connor contributed, “Every time I’d ask, ‘How are you Beth?’ she would just smile and say, ‘I’m good, how are you?’ as if it were just another day. She really was an inspiration, watching her continue to smile and push forward, even though you knew everything in her physically wanted to stop. A great example I won’t forget.”

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.

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