Services for Betty “Grammy” Haws, 84, of Gun Barrel City, were held April 11, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church of Mabank. A reception followed.
Haws was born Delores Gwendolyn Urness, Feb. 2, 1931, in Leeds, N.D., to Tilda (Strand) and Lawrence Ernest Urness, and died peacefully April 3, 2015, in Dallas.
After her mother died, she and her two brothers were placed in an orphanage in North Dakota. They were adopted by a Lutheran minister and his wife, Olga, who changed her name to Betty Ann Yocum.
A few years later, Pastor Yocum died and Olga worked as a seamstress to keep the family together. After World War II, her biological father returned to North Dakota in search of his children.
When he met Olga, they fell in love and married. Her biological father married her adopted mother!
She spent her early years in North Dakota and Nebraska. She graduated with honors from Kearney High School in 1949 and planned to study at the University of Nebraska when she met and married a dashing young U.S. Air Force sergeant, headed for Europe and a world of adventure!
The couple settled in 1958 at Barksdale Air Force base in Bossier City, La., after being stationed throughout the United States, Europe, England and Northern Africa.
She went to work for Avon in the early 1960s selling door-to-door. An excellent salesperson with an outgoing personality, she soon became area sales manager then district sales manager. In her 25-year career with Avon, she rose through the rank and file to become a Regional Vice President Multi-State Manager headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and later in Kansas City, Mo.
She retired in the Cedar Creek Lake area with her second husband, Burnon Haws.
They enjoyed the area for many years and played golf, bridge, poker and jokers with their many friends at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend of Mabank.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 29 years, Burnon Haws.
Survivors include her daughter, Rene Braud of Houston, son Scott Braud and wife Patty of Dallas, grandson Nicholas and wife Kristi of Birmingham, Ala., granddaughter Alexis Miller and husband Adam of Austin, great-grandchildren Tanner Scott and Lilly Mae Braud of Birmingham, Ala.; brothers Lawrence Urness and Sydney Urness of Boise, Idaho.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund in her honor.
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Services for Connie Lynn Johnson, 57, of Mabank, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Connie, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, went to be with her Lord on March 2, 2015, in Mabank.
She was born on October 19, 1957, in Dallas, to Sybil and W.C. Carr.
Connie grew up in Dallas and Pittsburg before moving to Mabank during her teenage years. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Jimmy Johnson, the two traveled around the world as a family in the U.S. Air Force. They and their four children spent time in several states, Germany and Portugal before returning home to the Mabank area in 1992.
For her entire life, Connie was an inspirational example of Christian love to those around her. She was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City for more than 20 years.
She loved children and took any child who came across her path into her heart. In addition to her own four children, many of her children’s friends came to love her as their mother.
As a Sunday school teacher and AWANA director, she was a loving influence to an entire generation.
When she wasn’t taking care of the young, she was caring for the elderly in her job as a home health aide. She showed compassion to each of her patients, and considered many of them family.
But the ones she loved most of all were her six grandchildren, and she was never happier than when she was spending time in her role as Grammy.
When she wasn’t taking care of others, she loved studying the Bible, painting and decorating her home.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, brother Clinton Carr, sister Bertha Murdock, several grandparents and members of her husband’s family.
She is survived by her husband and the love of her life for more than 40 years, Jimmy Johnson, of Mabank, children and spouses Jennifer and Michael Hannigan of Athens, Jimmy Johnson II and fiancée Carla James of Terrell, Daniel and Season Johnson of Athens, and Christina and Keith Baldwin of Mabank; grandchildren Sean and Aislynn Hannigan of Athens, Bethany and Malachi Baldwin of Mabank, and Michael and Brandon James of Terrell; sister and brother-in-law Kathy and Melvin Nunley of Mt. Vernon, brother and sister-in-law Clayton and Pamela Carr of Huntsville, and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and other loved relatives.
Pallbearers will be Keith Baldwin, Johnathan Brown, Jesse Carr, Morgan Carr, Michael Hannigan and Christopher Johnson.
Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
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Funeral services for Mason L. Hopkins, 78, were held Feb. 27, 2015, at Calvary Baptist Church in Seagoville. Interment followed at Elm Grove Cemetery in Mabank.
Hopkins was born to Lucille and Lewis Hopkins Aug. 31, 1936, in Mabank and died Feb. 21, 2015.
Hopkins loved the Lord and participated regularly in church activities at Calvary Baptist Church in Seagoville. Gospel singing was very dear to his heart and if he was able to sing and be involved in church, then he was a very happy man.
Affectionately known as “Pops” to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he enjoyed quality time with his family. He also enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Corina Jones, Lola Jane Anderholm and son Mason Eugene Hopkins.
Survivors include his wife of almost 22 years, Mary Frances Hopkins, son Clyde Walter Hopkins, stepchildren Margaret Kirkland and Carrol Daniel; son-in-law Terry Kirkland, grandchildren Michael Gunter, Mason Hopkins, Heidi Latham, Josh and Lexy Kirkland; great-grandchildren Lucas, Mia, Abbie and Emma; brother Beauford Ray Hopkins; aunt Hazle Meradith, and a host of extended family and friends.
Condolences to the family may be posted at www.roselawn-funerals.com.