Hilary Thomas (Haynie) Cannon, died peacefully at home on January 2nd, 2014 after an extended battle with Leiomyosarcoma. |
Hilary was born May 2nd, 1967 in Abilene, Texas to Louise Thomas Haynie and Alton (Bill) Haynie. She grew up in Richardson, Texas and made her home in League City, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, Aubrey Cannon, children Ian and Alyssa Cannon, sisters Anne Collins of Cornwall Vermont and Cynthia Haynie of Houston, and many friends and extended family.
Hilary graduated from Texas A&M University in 1989 with a degree in English. She worked for the past 8 years at the Hines Corporation. In addition to her professional work, Hilary was a creative writer, publishing essays and articles in numerous publications over the years.
Hilary was an impassioned and lifelong traveler and photographer, most recently visiting Greece,Israel, Jordan and Turkey.Her travels began as a child with her parents taking her and her sisters across Europe and the US, building the confidence, independence and curiosity that allowed her to travel across the country on service projects with her church youth group, and to Vienna with a youth orchestra as a violinist.Her travels took her across the globe from riding camels in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt to paddling mokoros in the Botswana Delta, to riding a train across Romania, co-pilotinga small plane over Victoria Falls, and walking the Great wall of China, to name a few. Three months ago and despite her illness, Hilary was riding a donkey cart through mountain passages to Petra. All of her travels were carefully documented in words and images, with a singular and deeply cultivated eye for beauty in all things.
To the extent that Hilary enthusiastically explored the world, she equally invested her time in family, community and church. She led Christian Young Adults in Action, taking teens on service projects here and abroad, exposing them to the people and conditions that would cultivate the same seeds of compassion and empathy that took root so early and developed so fully in her own heart. She was loved and respected for those lessons, and those relationships continued into adulthood with many still seeking her counsel, guidance and support.
For the past ten years Hilary shared her life and love with her devoted husband Aubrey and her two children, of whom she was extremely proud. Whether it was fly-fishing in Idaho or decorating a parade float in Pagosa Springs for 4th of July, family time was always a priority.
Hilary had an external radiance and beauty that was matched internally. She was warm, funny, familiar, genuine, thoughtful, and she never met a stranger. She was just as comfortable at a black tie event as she was floating down the Frio with her Aggie family. She wholeheartedly and with extraordinary zeal embraced life fully and with dignity and good humor. Even in her final difficult weeks, she reminded us how to live by her example.
She will be deeply missed by all of those who loved her and whose life she touched.
The family would like to thank all of her friends who shared this journey with her and especially longtime friends Kim Ballard, Lisa Henney and Brandi Plunkett for providing them and Hilary with unparalleled support and necessary comfort in the last few difficult weeks, along with the Hospice Care team of League City, and Dr. Daniel Kim and the team at Memorial Hermann.
A celebration of her life will be held on January 11th at 11:00 at Sabal Park in League City, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to Heifer International in her honor.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2014