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Obituary for Elizabeth Hemphill Wilson

October 9, 1920 - April 25, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 97

... Liz's reputation as a designer of church needlepoint was well established ...


Elizabeth "Liz" Hemphill Wilson, 97, gently passed away on April 25, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. Liz was born on October 9, 1920, in Dallas, Texas, the fourth of five children of Bernard Boyle and Ovie Josephine Hemphill.

Liz attended Southern Methodist University, where she studied art and became a lifelong member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. There she met her husband of 63 years, James "Jim" King Wilson Jr. As Jim's career led them from Dallas to Chicago, New York, and Baltimore and on extensive travels through Europe and Japan, Liz immersed herself in art. Inspired by needlepoint in the churches of England and France and noting its themes, patterns, colors, and symbolism, Liz began a career in needlepoint design.

When Liz and Jim moved to San Antonio in 1979, Liz's reputation as a designer of church needlepoint was well established. Her designs adorn Travis Park Methodist Church, Alamo Heights Methodist Church, and Saint Francis Episcopal Church in San Antonio. Other pieces may be found at the University of Chicago, many private homes, and Crakehall, North Yorkshire, England. Liz was proud of the fact that she was invited to contribute commemorative kneelers for Presidents Truman, Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan to the permanent collection at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

In 2013, Liz moved to the Inn at Los Patios, where she continued to study art. At the age of 97, she completed the sixth in a series of portraits of her great grandchildren.

Mrs. Wilson was a member of First Presbyterian Church, The Forum Club, and Club Giraud.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and a daughter, Donna Sue White.

She is survived by her daughter, Clair Lynn Hamby (John); her son, James King Wilson III (Susan); grandchildren, Charles Warren White (Yvonne), Janet Lynn Biello (Chris), James King Wilson IV (Kimberly), Robert Jackson Wilson (Morgan), Katherine Elizabeth Goodson (John), and Sarah Jane Wood (John); and great grandchildren Lucas Christopher and Jacquie Janet Biello; James King V, Mary Elizabeth, and Robert Henry Wilson; Wyatt James Goodson; and Angelene White.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Service to be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in the Abbey Chapel at Restland Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75243.

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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