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Elizabeth Chacko, M.D., passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 3, 2007 surrounded by her family.

Born in India to the late P.C. and Mariamma Abraham, Elizabeth Chacko immigrated to the United States in 1975. Throughout her childhood, she overcame many hardships, including having to master five different languages before reaching high school. She went on to become the class president of Gandhi Medical College where she was also heavily active in school drama productions and debates. Upon her arrival in the U.S., she completed her residency in psychiatry at Delaware State Hospital and eventually went on to become the President of the Psychiatric Society of Delaware. She was very grateful for the opportunities she was provided in the U.S. She built a successful and personally rewarding private psychiatric practice and also felt that some of her most fulfilling and rewarding moments were spent at the Delaware Mental Health Clinics in Wilmington and Newark, DE where she touched the lives of so many people. She helped many patients and the relationships she formed were mutual teachings, they helped shape her into the dedicated physician and person she was.

She was a loving mother to her daughters Liz Chacko, Anupa Smit, Ayesha Chacko Bennett, Renu Chacko, and proud grandmother to little Adrio.

She is loved by many as evident in the outpouring of cards and support she received through the last 7 and 1/2 years of her battle with ovarian cancer. In particular Elizabeth and her family would like to thank Helen Graham Cancer Center, especially Dr. Michael Guarino for helping her beat the odds.

She would like to thank her family, extended family and friends for their continuous love and support, especially her children, without whom she could not have survived and her patients for helping make her who she was.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the Mental Health Association in Delaware at the online website at, 1813 N. Franklin St., Wilmington, DE 19802; or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Delaware Chapter, at 701 Sweetleaf Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808.