Olivia Eisenhauer, born April 24, 1930, departed her earthly life on Earth Day, one of her favorite holidays April 22, 2019 with her daughters at her side. Olivia was the middle child of Ed F. Eisenhauer and Lydia W.(Schulz) Eisenhauer. Sisters Lydia A. Biegret and Rose M. Clay. Olivia was an amazing woman. She believed most in peace, democracy, and equal rights for all. She spent her life advocating for human rights. She marched at MLK Freedom Marches every chance she had, she marched for Woman’s rights, and lastly she marched, served and demonstrated for the democratic national convention and their issues. But most of all she loved the “EARTH and Most of It’s Creatures!” Olivia loved to teach and continued to teach as a Professor at Palo Alto College San Antonio up until 4 weeks before her death. She retired from The San Antonio College District, only to return and continue teaching two more times. She took education very seriously, as she herself had graduated with honors from UT Austin with a bachelor’s degree. Later in life after raising her children, she went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Psychology at St Mary’s University. Olivia was preceded in death by her mother, father and daughter Olivia Elise Phillips. She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Celia Phillips(Jesse Miller), Leah Phillips-Harold(Jim Harold) and Clay Phillips (Terry Phillips). She loved her grandchildren Sara Stewart(Jonathan Mowers), Laura Greene (Jeremy Greene), Amanda Rice (Zachary Rice), Celina Smith (Nick Smith), Trena Harold, Ellette Harold, James Harold III,(Paula Harold), Rosecarlie Harold and Robey Harold. Olivia had a special place in heart for her great grandchildren: Jett Greene, Kai Smith, Sophie Mowers, Irena Harold, Tyler Harold and Cameron Harold. She also has a host of cherished relatives and friends. Olivia’s strong spirit will live on in all who knew her. If you ever ate at her table you were always greeted with “Welcome to my Table” and in her heart she always saw the good in everyone. We were blessed to have her in our lives. She was a strong amazing woman and will be greatly missed. A Private family service will be held at a later date. If you wish to do something in her honor, she asked that you give to the following organizations: Sierra Club, ACLU, or Esperanza Center.

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  1. Olivia will be missed. I will always remember her kindness. I pray that her family has a speedy healing of their heart. Dr. Linda L. Robertson-Schule

  2. You have my condolences. Thankfully we have a wonderful Heavenly Father who is ready to give the comfort needed during these times of sorrow and distress because he is the god of all comfort. We can read that in 2 Cor 1:3,4. Also he gives us a wonderful hope of seeing our loved ones again during the resurrection promised at John 5:28,29.

  3. Olivia, the lady and professor, graced our campus, departments and flow of daily history. She kept us thinking, laughing and sharing for many years, and will be missed dearly. Condolences to her family and friends.

  4. I have known Inky my entire life. Her and my Mom were cousins and best friends since they were very young. She would come visit my Mom every week the past 6 years while I cared for my Mom after my Father passed away. I love & adored her very much. Praying for the family during this difficult time. She had a beautiful farm and loved all nature. I miss her already…….

  5. A true Texas woman who always made every place she was a better one. Her feisty spirit will be missed but she will be long remembered.

  6. Olivia you were such a strong pioneer woman. We loved spending time with you and will miss you so much. Thanks for all of the support you offered our family with your friendship. All our best wishes to your family during this difficult time.

  7. I had not seen Olivia in quite a few years, so very sorry to read she has passed away. She and I have children the same age, and that was our main connection in the Kirby area. We renewed our friendship, at Alamo United Methodist Church, and it was a joy being with her again. I, and the Perkins children send our sincere condolences to Olivia’s children, and grandchildren.🙏😇 She was a lovely lady .🦋😇🌸

  8. I had the privilege of meeting Olivia when she came to our tax office this year. She was warm, vibrant, and witty, and seemed to be a person I would like to get to know better. We worked through a few issues, but her health suddenly seemed to decline. Her family came to the office to complete her tax return, and they gave me a note she had written thanking me for helping her. I could hardly hold back the tears. I wish I had met you sooner, Olivia, but I’m glad our life paths crossed. God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand!

  9. Olivia Eisenhauer always greeted me with a big smile and a hug. She was kind, gentle and always spoke with a soft voice. Her bright eyes always expressed her inner being. “Oh, Ralph, I read your Op-Ed this morning,” she’d say, and then proceed in giving me a rendition of it. I was amazed by her uncanny ability to greet people and make them feel part of the family. I will always remember her gentle demeanor, her devotion to her students, and her joy in giving to others.

  10. Olivia Eisenhauer and I crossed paths at Palo Alto College, and I am grateful to have known her. She was the founder/adviser of Club Earth, a student organization, which I took over when she retired from FT teaching. Olivia was a wonderful role model: a strong, smart woman with a big heart. The world was made better because of her, and she will be missed.

  11. Olivia was one of the first Faculty Members at Palo Alto College that I met outside of my department. We had long conversations about water, trees, and life. You were an inspiration to many and will be missed.

  12. My deepest condolences to the Eisenhauer Family. It was great getting to know Mrs. Olivia. She was a wonderful and sweet lady and will be missed in our department.

  13. Olivia made a special effort to reach out to me and let me know she appreciated my songs! She seemed to have extraordinary insight into people and issues. I always felt we were sisters of the heart. I will miss her.

  14. I am very sad to hear of your passing but from the heart felt comments and the tale of your life I can see that you touched a lot of lives. We are only here for such a short time and I like to believe that we can live on through the people we’ve touched. You will live on in the memories of those lucky few to have known you, loved you, laughed with you. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of this amazing lady.

  15. We are very sad to hear of Inky’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We hadn’t seen her for about 9 years, since we were there looking at some genealogy records she had. We had a nice visit that day with her & Woody. Our little 4 year old grandson enjoyed searching around the place for peacock feathers. Also, we always enjoyed the Ackermann family reunions that were held there. Our sincere condolences. Beverly Ackermann Jobe & Charles Jobe

  16. A dear cousin, who touched many lives both family and friends. She was with me during some of my hardest times. Many memories of our younger days swimming in the tank. She will missed. Nornie

  17. I would like to extend my deep condolences to the Eisenhauer family. Olivia and I met as high school students at Brackenridge High School MANY years ago and became good friends. After graduation, we both went on to the University of Texas at Austin. We saw each other at some High School reunions. However, my most memorable visit with her, was when she was going to Mexico, and called me up. I had since moved to McAllen and we had such a great time reminiscing. We caught up with each other in San Antonio again, and then just a phone call when I was in S.A., but we didn’t get to see each other. What a special person she was, may she rest in peace. Mary Lou (Beltran) Trevino

  18. Our dear sweet Olivia or as we knew her “Inky”. Being one of my mother’s dearest friends, Inky was like an Aunt to me. She was a wealth of information and knowledge. Her love of the environment, social and political issues, and all things pertaining to the Eisenhauer family inspired us all. I will miss her and our quiet chats. Sharon & Frank Arnold

  19. Would like to express our sympathy to the Eisenhauer family. Several years ago we enjoyed a family reunion at Olivia’s home, which she was so kind to open for the event. Also, enjoyed seeing the old blacksmith shop and the grain fields on her property. Rosemarie Ackermann and her son J. Albert

  20. I’m so sorry that Olivia has left our world. She genuinely would light up a room with her smile and twinkling eyes. I learned about true Texas women from her. I’m glad I got to know her – the world was a better place for her presence. My condolences to her family.

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