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Mrs. Elizabeth R. McBrearty

Obituary for Mrs. Elizabeth R. McBrearty

April 14, 1961 - June 25, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 57


On June 25, 2018, Elizabeth Rapier McBrearty was received into the Lord's embrace, surrounded by those who loved her most. Born April 14, 1961 in Elmhurst, Illinois to Edward and Jeannette Rapier, Elizabeth grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she attended St. Rita for primary school and Ursuline Academy for secondary school, thoroughly immersed in both communities. In 1977, when Elizabeth was a high school junior, she begrudgingly moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she completed her secondary education at Ursuline Academy, fell in love with her future husband, raised her children, and experienced the happiest moments of her life.
Elizabeth went by many names. Most called her Liz; her children called her Mom; and her grandson called her Mahmo. And with many names came many roles. An accomplished athlete, Liz enjoyed almost every sport, but tennis most of all. She recognized how the camaraderie of a team and the spirit of competition benefits the body, mind, and soul. A graduate of The University of Texas School of Nursing, for over twenty years she served in the Labor and Delivery Unit of Humana Women and Children's Hospital (now part of Methodist Healthcare), ushering in new life, marveling at the beauty of childbirth, and sharing in the joy of families from all cultures and backgrounds. To friends, family, and even strangers, she was a trusted confidante and counselor. With an attentive ear, open mind, and enormous heart, she dispensed advice that was both encouraging and practical. As a wife, she was supporting, committed, and totally smitten. Her husband was her best friend. She loved him just as he was, and yet she motivated him to become so much more. But her true vocation was motherhood. She was a natural, and her children were her greatest source of joy. With a smiling gaze, she awakened their capacity to love one another and love themselves. She made them comfortable in their own skin. She insisted that they be happy. And she was so much fun! When her children became adults and started families of their own, she instantly connected with her first grandchild, a boy, teaching him to enjoy life's simple pleasures, like a Frosty from Wendy's and a train ride through Zilker Park. And as she battled cancer over the past three years, her courage, optimism, and sense of humor, rooted in her self-forgetting love, drew her family closer together and closer to God, building within them the strength not only to endure but to thrive. She spent her final days comforting those who meant to comfort her, and her last words were "Don't cry." Her family and friends will cry, but their tears of grief will soon become tears of joy.
Liz is preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Mary Beth McBrearty; and her sister-in-law, Susan Ruffo. She is survived by her parents, Ed and Jeannette Rapier; her husband, Brian McBrearty; her son, daughter-in-law, and grandson, Ryan, Sara, and Liam McBrearty; her son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Susu McBrearty; her daughter, Caroline McBrearty; her brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Lisa Rapier; her brother-in-law and sister, Rodger and Tracy Anderson; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike and Shawn McBrearty; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Pat and Becky McBrearty; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tim and Debbie McBrearty; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. The family would like to express its deep gratitude to oncologist Amy Lang, the entire staff of The Start Center for Cancer Care, nurse Mindy Fuller, and the entire staff of Embrace Hospice. The care Liz received was simply superlative, delivered with compassion, dedication, and love.

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018
7:00 PM

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018
10:00 AM
Reception to follow at Oak Hills Country Club.

Rev. Christopher Munoz will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ThriveWell Cancer Foundation. For more information, visit, ThriveWell's website at

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