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Phyllis Olivia Luckenbach Sawyers died on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was born to Stephen Albert Luckenbach and Amanda Elizabeth McDougall Luckenbach, October 17, 1926, in San Antonio, Texas. Phyllis graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, and later, The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She earned her Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York, NY. While in New York, Phyllis also studied under Peggy Bacon at New York Art Student League.
Phyllis taught at Horace Mann Junior School in San Antonio. She later served as a professor in the Art Department at San Antonio College, and subsequently became the Chairman of the Art Department at San Antonio College. In 1962, Phyllis and her daughter moved to Southwest Texas State University, in San Marcos, to become a professor of the Arts and Humanities. She retired Professor Emeritus.
Phyllis was a published author and accomplished artist. Some of her noteworthy commissions and exhibits were: Elizabet Ney Museum, Austin; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin; Saudi Arabian Royal Family, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; National Arts Club, New York, NY; 87th Street Gallery, New York, NY; New York Hilton Hotel, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY; Columbia University, New York, NY; State Education Building, Albany, NY; San Marcos Baptist Academy; First Baptist Church, San Marcos.
During the Lyndon Baines Johnson Administration, Phyllis was appointed to the United States - Mexico Commission on Border Development and Friendship.
Phyllis was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church. She loved her Church Family. Over the years, she was involved in numerous ministries, but perhaps the most significant was her involvement with the Community of Hope.
Phyllis lived a full life. She loved her family and especially her grandchildren. To her grandchildren and their friends she was known as "Nana." Phyllis was blessed to have a very large "extended family" of close friends, especially her dear friend Eleanor Butt Crook. She loved many things: the ocean, mountains, the Texas Hill Country, dogs, horses and sailing. She especially loved her University of Texas and Longhorn football. Phyllis truly loved travel. Her extensive travels opened her eyes to the world and gave her an open mind and perspective.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Eunice Dorothy Luckenbach. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Sawyers Kissling and husband Louis; her grandchildren, Griffin Louis Kissling and Elizabeth Olivia ("Libby") Kissling; and her Westie Schuyler.
The family would like to thank many people for the outpouring of care and concern over the last several months. We would like to thank the Rev. Patrick Gahan, the Rev. Scott Kitayama and the rest of the Christ Church family. We give great thanks to the Forum and Heart to Heart Hospice staff, especially, Christie, Rachel, Billie and Glenn.
APRIL 16, 2014
CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to Christ Episcopal Church, San Antonio, TX.
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Published in Express-News on Apr. 15, 2014