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Barbara Hagan Williams

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Barbara Hagan Williams Obituary
Barbara Hagan Williams Barbara Hagan Williams, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on February 25, 2013 at Westminster Manor. She leaves behind a world of family, friends and strangers whose lives she touched and to whom she gave support, love and comfort. She personified dignity, elegance and grace. She was born March 3, 1918 in Houston, Texas to Gwynette Mitchell Hagan and Warner B. Hagan. They moved to West Texas and lived in San Angelo and Fort Stockton. She proudly proclaimed she learned to drive her father's car when she was 8 years old and that other than breaking her shoulder jumping from one cotton bale to another, she had no mishaps. She attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, joined the social club that later became Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, she worked for Harte Hanks as a columnist for the San Angelo Standard Times, and met Army pilot Harry Williams at dinner at the boarding house where she lived. They married October 11, 1940, and moved to Austin. In Austin, their children, Susan and Allan, were born. They moved from Austin to Westlake, which became the Williams' home for the next 45 years. She was an active volunteer with the Austin Aquatic Club where Susan and Allan swam competitively, and she drove them daily to Griffin's Stable (now Westbank Flower Market and Barton Springs Nursery) where they rode their horses. Barbara taught English at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin. She thought she was among the few "hearing" teachers, perhaps the only one, there at the time, and was gratified to be able to put her lifelong interest in sign language to good use and instill in her students a love of books and reading. Barbara was a longtime member of the Westlake Garden Club and helped efforts to plant trees along Red Bud Trail. She served on the St. David's Episcopal Church Altar Guild for 25 years and volunteered for nearly 40 years at the Next to New church consignment shop. She was a member of the Austin Woman's Club and the Austin Woman's Forum. She was an avid bridge player and life master, a voracious reader and crossword puzzle wizard. She completed the crossword puzzle in the paper every morning over a cup of coffee. She occasionally audited classes at the University of Texas, and often attended presentations and programs at the LBJ Library. She said she moved to Westminster Manor in 2004 because she was tired of cooking, although her chocolate pudding and chocolate fudge sauce are always in demand and still the best. She joined the Daughters of the American Revolution and pursued her interest in family genealogy. She researched and discovered that she was a direct descendant of Major William Phillips, who lived from 1610 to 1683, and is mentioned in the John Greenleaf Whittier poem, Mogg Megone. While helping others was very important to Barbara, her family and her faith were the pillars of her life. She was a loving mother to Susan and Allan, and a loving grandmother to her 19 grandchildren. She loved her family and looked forward to dinners every Sunday with them at El Rancho. She is survived by her daughter Susan Blila, son Allan Williams and wife Rose Betty; her grandchildren Teresa Blila, Shelly LeDoux and husband Rick, Andrew Blila and wife Robin, Christopher Blila, Rebecca Bauer and husband Michael, Kimberly Williams and husband Dan O'Meara, and Douglas Williams; her great grandchildren Derrick LeDoux, Ann Marie Jinsen and husband Daniel, Tallie Kopczynski and husband Richard, Grady LeDoux and wife Lindsey, Carolyn Cox, Catherine Buck, Christopher Overstreet, Joshua Blila and Brayden Blila; and her great great grandchildren Saylar Buck, Audrey Jinsen and Mollie Kopczynski. She is also survived by her sister Marian Concannon, husband James, of Tucson, AZ, their children and grandchildren. Grateful thanks to the caring staff at Westminster Manor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church Music Endowment Fund, the Westbank Library at 1309 Westbank Dr., Austin, TX 78746 or the Austin Woman's Club at 708 San Antonio St., Austin, TX 78701. Memorial Services will be held at St. David's Episcopal Church at 301 E 8th St Austin, on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 3 to Mar. 10, 2013
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