Elizabeth Lautzenhiser Irvine
July 5, 1927 – July 16, 2020
Elizabeth Lautzenhiser Irvine of Nacogdoches, Texas died peacefully at her residence in Magnolia Court on July 16, 2020 at the age of 93 years.
Elizabeth, known as Liz, was born on July 5, 1927 to Roscoe and Mamie (Norton) Lautzenhiser in Baguio, Phillipine Islands, where her parents were teachers. They lived most of the time in Manila, until the outbreak of WWII in 1942 at which time they were imprisoned by Japanese forces in Santo Tomas Internment Camp for the next three years. After the war ended, she and her parents moved to the United States. Liz attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In August of 1949, she married Walter Irvine (who, after spotting her playing in a women’s softball league and telling his friends “that’s the woman I am going to marry”, proceeded to start visiting the Whitman library where she worked and, according to her, he checked out way more books than he ever read!) Together they raised four children while Walter’s career took the family to Seattle, Portland, Houston and San Antonio, and finally to Nacogdoches after his retirement.
Liz was known for her participation in numerous activities: troop leader, camp counsellor and adult sponsor on many national/international trips with the Girl Scouts; docent at the Houston zoo; teaching swimming and life-saving classes for both the Red Cross and the San Antonio Police Department; PTA member and board member; several outreach programs with the Presbyterian church; San Antonio Citizens Police Academy; square dance club; canoeing club; and travelling all over the world. She also loved the outdoors and went camping at every opportunity she got.
She was active with WWII veterans, and especially the American Ex-POW Association. She particularly enjoyed hosting and attending Ex-POW reunions, trips and activities. The loves of her life, aside from her own family, but almost as much, were the soldiers of the First Cavalry who liberated Santo Tomas Internment Camp. She kept up a close relationship with many of them, as well as other internees from the Phillipines, for the rest of her life. These people remained family friends. She published a book about her prison camp experience.
She loved animals and donated much of her time and money for their care.
Liz is survived by her children Cynthia Irvine (Glenn Coenen), Dennis Irvine (Carolyn Brightman), Susie Irvine and Debbie Hammack; grandchildren Jodi Hill (Duke) Pittman, Holli (Derek) Snyder, Whitney (John) Mignone, Mallory Andres (Matt Emmons), Jesse Coenen and Peter Coenen; great-grandchildren Jordan, Jaycee, Clayton, Wally, Arden and Ross; her beloved cat Squeaky; also nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Irvine, parents Roscoe and Mamie Lautzenhiser; baby brother Roscoe Lautzenhiser and grandson Oscar C. Hill IV.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Magnolia Court for their excellent and loving care for Liz during the past two years. She came to feel so comfortable there and couldn’t have found a more wonderful home for the last phase of her life.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cason-Monk Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, TX. Please visit at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there is no formal service scheduled at this time. Friends who so desire may make memorial donations in Memory of Liz Irvine to one of the following. We thank you in advance for remembering her in this way!
Animal Defense League 11300 Nacogdoches Rd. San Antonio, TX 78217 www.adltexas.org
Admiral Nimitz Foundation 328 E. Main Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Attention: Development Director Or thru their website at www.pacificwarmuseum.org and designate in memory of Mrs. Liz Irvine
- Liz is survived by her children Cynthia Irvine (Glenn Coenen), Dennis Irvine (Carolyn Brightman), Susie Irvine and Debbie Hammack; grandchildren Jodi Hill (Duke) Pittman, Holli (Derek) Snyder, Whitney (John) Mignone, Mallory Andres (Matt Emmons), Jesse Coenen and Peter Coenen; great-grandchildren Jordan, Jaycee, Clayton, Wally, Arden and Ross; her beloved cat Squeaky; also nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Irvine, parents Roscoe and Mamie Lautzenhiser; baby brother Roscoe Lautzenhiser and grandson Oscar C. Hill IV.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Elizabeth Lautzenhiser Irvine
July 25, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Liz’s passing. She was such a sweet lady. Prayers for the family Susie.
July 25, 2020
My condolences to the Irvine family.
We enjoyed having Liz and Walt in
Ashbury Court for a very short time.
They were an amazing couple. Liz
lived a “storybook” life and it was my
pleasure to know her. What a rich
heritage for her family!