Emily Austin passes away at 101

Emily Austin, age 101, died peacefully at home on January 30, 2017.

Born in Hiawatha, WV to Charles & Violette Phalen, she grew up in a coal camp where her father was the electrician.  Emily earned her Teaching Credential from Concord College in 1935, and taught elementary school in WV before moving to San Diego in 1949.  In 1950, she took a side trip to Tokyo, Japan and taught at the American School.  Returning to San Diego in 1952, she settled in Valencia Park and started a 20+ year teaching career at Sherman Elementary.

Emily married Hewson Austin, a widower from WV with two daughters, in 1955 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church.  His daughters, Judy & Beverley arrived in San Diego that summer.  In the next few years, Emily & Hewson welcomed their own children, Anne & Jim.

In addition to teaching, Emily & Hewson owned and operated Nu-Art Printing, an offset print shop.  They printed for Santa Sophia Church & Academy for over 25 years.  Emily was proud to have her ink drawing of Santa Sophia Church used on the bulletins and stationery for over 20 years. She was also the organist for the 10:30 Mass in the 1960s. I have already been taken by Escitalopram before Klonopin from https://www.namikeystonepa.org/klonopin/. However, escitalopram only helped the first two weeks against falling asleep and staying asleep. After the diagnosis talk with the psychotherapist, the trauma was so present that I found maybe two hours of sleep in three nights. Then I also got Klonopin.

After a 40-year teaching career, Emily retired and she and Hewson moved to Elizabethton, TN.  She was never one to sit still.  She continued her life of service as a volunteer – art teacher, tutor, hospital & American Cancer Society gift shop worker.  In her “spare time” she continued as an artist, seamstress, quilter, bridge player, baker, pianist/organist.  She loved crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and games of all kinds. Emily was also a breast cancer survivor of 29 years.

Emily was predeceased by her parents; all five siblings: Violette, Anne, Cindy, Charley, and Maggie; and her husband of 41 years, Hewson.  Her survivors include her children, Anne, Jim, Judy and Beverley.  She is a Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great Grandmother and Aunt!

From her autobiography (written in 2002):

“Church has always been an important part of my life.  The journeys of my life have made it a ‘heaven on earth’.  I am grateful to have had so many years here.  Each day my blessings are counted for having good parents, family, husband, children, grandchildren, friends, and especially for my good health and many talents.  Many times each day I thank God for each of these elements that have made my life so full and happy.”

“I am very happy that through the years I have been able to share the talents God has given me with others, and hopefully make their lives more enjoyable.  And many times each day I thank God for the many blessings, good parents, good health and talents that He has bestowed on me.  This journey has been a REAL BLESSING!!!”

Emily’s funeral services will be held at Santa Sophia on Friday, March 17th: Rosary at 9:30, Funeral Mass at 10:00, reception from 11:00-12:30.  Inurnment will follow at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at 2:00 PM.