Everyone knows that person, the one who can light up a room with their smile and make everyone feel like they are the most important person in the world. That person who makes you feel like you have been friends for years, even if you just met them. That person who creates good times with family and friends, whether the gatherings be big or small, routine outings or special occasions. That person who is always laser focused on putting those around them first, both in thought and action. Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Nieman was just that kind of person, and her warm and caring personality shined happiness upon all who had the good fortune to know her.
Beth was born in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, on September 21, 1968, as one of six children of the late Joseph and Carolyn Vissing. Beth attended Assumption school, McAuley High School, and Ohio University where she graduated in 1990. She married AJ Nieman in 1995, and her family quickly became her most enduring passion. Being the mother of Ellie, Drew, and Joey brought her endless joy and fulfillment, and there was not a school activity, sporting event, or social gathering that occurred without Beth being completely and selflessly involved. Even as she privately battled cancer, she continued to courageously show up to any and all events, showering all in attendance with her radiant and loving personality.
Beth was undoubtedly a great friend to many, all of whom experienced her infectious laugh and ability to find a great time wherever she went. During her nine-year battle against breast cancer, Beth also became a great friend and resource for the cancer community, reaching out those suffering from a similar diagnosis with helpful hints, emotional support, and great advice. She also worked on many fundraising campaigns for those affected by cancer, all while waging her own war with the disease.
Beth’s courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer ended on September 16, 2018 at the age of 49, and a beautiful celebration of life was held on September 21, 2018, a day that would have been her 50th birthday. Since Beth’s passing, her family and friends have adopted the slogan WWBD – What Would Beth Do? The simple phrase is a constant reminder of Beth’s outward care and compassion for others. It was in this same spirit that the Forever 49 Foundation was formed, to provide financial support to Greater Cincinnati families in need that are also battling cancer. We encourage you to support the Forever 49 Foundation, and in doing so you will also be honoring Beth Nieman and her legacy of love for others.