Our beloved mother, Elizabeth Austin Woodyard, peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, March 2, 2013. She was 100 years old.
Elizabeth was born to Wiley F. and Mary Catherine (Blankenship) Austin in Potter, Ky. Reared in Louisa, Ky., Elizabeth graduated from Louisa High School and attended Eastern Kentucky Teacher’s College.
In the late 1930s, Elizabeth and her siblings were invited by their oldest brother, Edgar Austin, to come West. Elizabeth took him up on his offer and moved to San Francisco in 1938-39. It was while living and working there, that in 1942, she met and married her first husband, Joseph Bell. They had one daughter, Anna Maria Sablan of Fairfield. Several years after Joe’s death in 1960, Elizabeth met the man who was to become her second husband, William W. Woodyard.
Elizabeth was a Fairfield resident for over 28 years before moving to Merrill Gardens, Vacaville in 2008.
Staying active well into her nineties, Elizabeth was blessed with the gift of a long and fruitful life. She indulged her interest in travel, visiting many countries throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. She enjoyed many creative pursuits from sewing to gardening to a good game of bridge but her greatest passion was china painting. To further her skills in this art, she traveled throughout the U.S. taking workshops and classes from some of the best artists in the field. For many years each spring, Elizabeth could be found selling her Art on the Vine at Wooden Valley Winery.
Elizabeth was a member of the Fairfield Newcomers, AAUW, Fairfield-Suisun Visual Arts Association, Geranium Club Garden Club, past president and member of the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club and a member of Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anna Maria and Al Sablan; several nieces, great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both husbands; two brothers, Edgar and Harry Austin; and four sisters, Owenna Niceley, Dorothea Austin, Oneta Bowers and Minnie Lycan.
Viewing is 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Rockville Presbyterian Church, 4177 Suisun Vally Road, Fairfield. Burial will be in Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington, W. Va.
Arrangements under care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield. www.bryanbraker.com, 425-4697.