Elizabeth Gary is made of strong stuff. She is open about her joys and challenges and uses her life to help others.
“Personally, my life’s work is raising two good men,” she says. “My sons are 3 and 9-months-old, and all I want for them is to be kind, courageous, strong, honorable men. Professionally, my life’s work is advocating for and defending those who cannot speak for themselves – abused women and children and victims of drunk drivers. I love being a prosecutor because it allows me to speak for those who have historically been silenced, and that is a privilege I do not take for granted.”
Describing herself as loud, independent, dedicated, strong and lucky, Gary says getting her boys here was not easy.“
We experienced years of infertility, and both of my sons are here today due to a lot of prayer and the wonderful minds at the Fertility Center of the Carolinas,” she says. “Infertility is terrifying and terribly isolating because no one talks about it but it is actually common, affecting 1 in 8 couples. My husband and I are both very open about what we went through in hopes of helping others navigate a dark, scary season.”
Gary sees beauty in others in the way they treat people when no one is watching. And her community is very important to her.
“The Upstate is so beautiful to me because my family’s roots are here,” she says. “I am a fifth generation Greenvillian and come not from wealth but from a long line of proud textile workers. That history is so deeply woven – pun intended – into the heart of this place and into who we are as a family.”