Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Cyliax


Elizabeth “Beth” Ann (Clouse) Cyliax, 53, passed away peacefully at her Columbus residence August 18, 2022. For the last 7 years she fought valiantly against colorectal cancer. It would be wrong to say Beth lost her battle as she never stopped fighting. When anyone else would have broken, she stayed strong. She consistently proved she would live to see milestones that were important to her, defying the expectations of her caregivers again and again. She expressed, “I can’t die because I have people to control and s#!t to do!” She will be greatly missed. Given her diagnosis, Beth wanted to encourage others to have routine colorectal cancer screening. The age recommendation has now dropped to 45 in individuals with no family history.

Beth was a very devoted, passionate individual and was fiercely loyal to family and friends. She loved and cherished her family. She often reminded them she “was not stupid” when trying to counsel them in the trials and tribulations of growing up. She had a lifelong love of learning and history. She enjoyed reading, flowers, birds, and decorating. While she worked many jobs in her younger years, most of her life was spent in healthcare. She started with Dr. Frische in Seymour. She then moved to the hospital setting working many years at Bloomington Hospital Emergency Department before coming to Columbus Regional Emergency Department. She ended her career as a medical coder with CRH.

She was involved in her community. She served as PTO president of the Brownstown Elementary School (BES). She was a cofounder of the BES Volunteer Center. She served several years as a coach for Destination Imagination before finally assuming the role of program coordinator. As her children grew, she was a varsity cheerleading coach for the Brownstown Middle School as well as being on the Junior Prom Committee. Many evenings were spent attending Brownstown sporting events.

Born August 31, 1968 in Seymour, Indiana, Beth was the eldest of four children of Wallace Edward Clouse, Jr. and Mary Lou (Franklin) Clouse both who survive. A 1986 graduate of Seymour High School, Beth attended Indiana University. On October 12, 1991, at Seymour’s First Baptist Church she married Jim Cyliax who survives in Columbus.

Survivors also include two sons, Jensen Cyliax, Eric (Lauren) Cyliax of Columbus; one daughter India Cyliax of Columbus; and three brothers Brian (Missy) Clouse of Crothersville; Andy Clouse of Vallonia, and Tim Clouse of Honolulu, HI; and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Mrs. Cyliax’s wishes cremation has taken place and a celebration of life visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver &Glick Funeral Home on Jonathan Moore Pike.

Memorials may be given to establish an education fund for Jensen Cyliax.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Cyliax family, and a video tribute viewed at www.barkesweaverglick.com.