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Marilynn H. Eichholtz

Obituary for Marilynn H. Eichholtz

December 15, 1925 - April 15, 2017
Hollywood Park, Texas | Age 91

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Marilynn H. Eichholtz passed peacefully to her eternal rest with our Lord on April 15, 2017, at the age of 91.

Born in Kyle, TX, her childhood was centered around a large and loving family with a strong faith in God which guided her throughout her life. As the baby of five children, with two sisters and 2 brothers, she was showered with love from the very beginning. Marilynn's father owned the General Store and served as Post Master in Kyle, TX while serving as a pillar in the hometown church. Her Mother provided the warmth and comfort at home as she provided love and support on a daily basis, while making provisions and arrangements for opening their home as a boarding house to people in need. Being much younger than her siblings, Marilynn and her niece, Margie, grew up as best of friends. The adventures and misadventures they experienced through vivid imaginations, were enough to pique the excitement and imagination of any youngsters growing up. Marilynn's tales of their many escapades left us all in stitches as she created special memories that will live on forever.

Upon graduation from high school, Marilynn attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College until the onset of WWII, at which time she took a job at the Air Force Base in San Marcos, TX. She later transferred to Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX where she worked for the next 7 years. Along the way, Marilynn met the love of her life, Billy Eichholtz, while both were serving as volunteers at a Billy Graham event in Alamo Stadium. Shortly thereafter, in February of 1950, they were married and a true love story ensued. Over the years, she was foremost a loving wife and mother, with a strong faith in God and was always active in her church. As a substitute teacher, carpool enthusiast, Avon beauty consultant, and so much more, she offered a wealth of wisdom. Providing their family with strength and support, Marilynn and Billy, together, showed the world what a true marriage could be, spanning over 67 years at the time of Billy's passing on March 17th, 2017. Though Marilynn offered no verbal communication confirming her awareness of Billy's passing, there was no doubt in our minds that she knew. With the love of her life gone, we could see the emptiness in her eyes as life was fading from her body and just shy of a month later Marilynn followed Billy home.

Her grandchildren treasure fond memories of special times spent with Grandma and Grandpa during their many trips to Six Flags, fun filled vacations, and so many other adventures along the way. As they eagerly recite many of the stories she told of her childhood days, it makes you wonder just how many of their own childhood escapades had been given life, and even somehow approval by Grandma's tales. With a passion for ice cream, peppermint sticks, pralines, and divinity, her sweet tooth was rivaled only by that of Grandpa's. With beauty and grace, unmatched eloquence, reassurance, and a song in her heart, she instilled the love of music in them as she was most often heard humming a tune. While teaching them to cook, she was known to withhold a key step along the way just help them think and grow (you try peeling a whole bunch of pearl onions). From financial advice to teaching a new game or crafting them something special, Grandma was always there to add her special touch. In reaching out, I was reminded of a special pillow made just for her with the inscription "There's No Place Like Home … Except Grandma's". Known as Grandma, Nana, Mimmie, or any of the special names they embrace, we should all be so blessed to have such wonderful and loving Grandmothers in our lives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John J. Hart and Emily H. Hart; her son-in-law, Hal Scott; and her husband of over 67 years, Billy Eichholtz. Marilynn is survived by her 3 children, Linda Scott, Bill Eichholtz and his wife Janie, and Randy Eichholtz; seven grandchildren, Lance Eichholtz and his wife Joni, Kristin Eichholtz and Ted Phillips, Ashley Eichholtz Moore and her husband Kirk, Travis Eichholtz, Tucker Eichholtz, Jeff Bailey and his wife Brooke, and Scott Bailey and his wife Rocsy. Marilynn was further blessed with seven beautiful great-grandchildren whom she adored, along with numerous nieces and nephews who held special places in her heart.

A graveside service will be held Monday, May 1st - 1:00 PM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 (Due to construction, all guests are required to use the rear entrance off Winans Road).

Marilynn's family would like to extend a special note of thanks to Dorothy Muir, RN and Brenda Phillips, CNA, along with the staff of Gentiva Hospice for their professionalism, compassionate care and counsel throughout this trying time. Special thanks are further extended to Deborah Wright and Jessie Schuelke, along with the staff of Nurse Next Door for their ongoing kindness and support as caregivers during this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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