OBITUARY: Winnie Belle Hardaway, 87, of Llano dies Oct. 23, 2013

Winnie Belle Hardaway, 87, of Llano, Texas, passed away Oct. 23, 2013. She was born to Austin McRaven and Millie Elizabeth (Carter) Warner in Abilene.

During the financial crisis of the Great Depression era, Mrs. Hardaway’s family, including three older brothers, moved to Denver then to Wallace, Idaho, and, eventually, resettled back in Abilene until 1937. From there, moves included College Station and Chicago then back to Bryan, where she graduated from high school in 1943. Her first year of college was at William Woods in Fulton, Mo. She then attended Texas State College for Women in Denton.

She met and married Rex L. Hardaway in 1947. The next 30 years found her homemaking and child rearing her own family of five children and moving various places across Texas. After that 30-year break. she decided to finally finish her education and did so at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in silversmithing and jewelry making.

Rex and Winnie retired in 1978 to the beautiful foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Las Vegas, N.M., where they enjoyed life together for 20 years. Moving to Llano in 1998 brought them full circle back to Texas, where she remained until her death.

She was an avid reader, loving her trips to the library and her own collection of reference books that enabled her to look up the answers to almost any question asked. She also loved couponing and bargain shopping, even mailing needed coupons to various grandchildren. Winnie enjoyed attending services at First Christian Church in Llano with her family and looking forward to the fellowship dinners.

She was loved by all who knew her — both family and friends. She successfully accomplished her calling as a devoted wife and mother and, although she will be missed by all, her life is celebrated as her journey continues.

Mrs. Hardaway is survived by her children, Rex D. Hardaway and wife Stephanie of Atlanta, Lauren Hardaway of Llano, Mark Hardaway of Llano and John Hardaway and wife Debbie of Fredericksburg; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Rex; brothers, George Warner, Austin “Mac” Warner and Howard Warner; and daughter Diane Frederick.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 1105 Oatman St., Llano, TX 78643, (325) 247-5309. Cremation arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematorium, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008. An online guest register may be signed at www.putnamcares.com.