Willie Hinson

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Mrs. Willie J. Hinson died peacefully in her home in San Rafael, CA on December 29, 2017 at age 91 years.

Mrs. Hinson was born in Prague, Oklahoma and had attended the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Business College. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She was also a lifetime member of the Philanthropic Educational Association which supports the education of women. She had two sons, Terry (deceased) and Greg.

She lovingly dedicated her life to raising her sons, especially her first son Terry who had a disability now diagnosed as Prader-Willi Syndrome. At the time of Terry's death in 1986, the syndrome was just being discovered, studied and taught in medical schools. She dedicated her life to Terry and to finding a cure for his disability.

The two of them spent many years on Galveston's Pirate Beach in a house she had designed and had built around her son's needs. She enjoyed walking on the beach with him and living close to her fellow beach-comber, her sister Mrs. Bonnie Noon.

After Terry passed away, she moved to Bentwater, TX, where she also contracted and built her next house a few steps from Bentwater Lake. There she easily formed many new friendships which continued long after she had moved to California to be near her other son Greg.

She loved sports, having fun and Texas frozen margaritas. She claimed only Texas could make a good margarita. She enjoyed travel to Italy, Hawaii, Mexico, and British Columbia, Canada to visit her son and granddaughters. She loved attending the theatre in NYC with her sister and her Galveston & Bentwater girlfriends.

She was an avid Oklahoma University football fan as well a fan of the San Francisco Giants which she cheered heartily during their two World Series wins though she never abandoned her loyalty to the Houston Astros. Lately she had become a super fan of the Golden State Warriors knowing each player by name.

Later in life she enjoyed sitting on the high coastal bluffs of northern California to watch the whale migrations from Alaska to their winter homes in Baja and Hawaii.

She loved the ocean and often expressed a wish to have her ashes scattered at sea. The family will have a small celebration of her life as they carry out her wishes.

She will be dearly missed by her son Greg Hinson and his husband Mario Aranda and her two loving granddaughters, Kai and Xena Hinson, as well as her sister Mrs. Bonnie Noon and her brother-in-law Dr. G.P. Noon, their children, Deanna, Darryl, Chris, Kim and Dr. and Mrs. Noon's twelve grandchildren.

In loving memory of Willie Hinson, the family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Prader-Willi Foundation of California which supports research and education in the ongoing work to share the wonders and mystery into Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Published on yourconroenews.com from Mar. 15 to Mar. 28, 2018