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Teena J. Harrington Teena Joyce Harrington, 77, died Monday after a long illness. She was born May 14, 1928 in Wallins Creek, Kentucky, the oldest child of John S. Osborne and Roxie Kathleen Howard. Teena grew up in Kenvir, Kentucky, a coal-mining community where her father was a bookkeeper for the Peabody Coal Co., and her mother was a homemaker. At Evarts High, she played clarinet in the marching band and graduated early ahead of her class in 1945. At 17 she left Wallins Creek to attend Eastern Kentucky State University. In 1967 she married Ken Harrington, the love of her life, in Kansas City, Kansas. As a couple Teena and Ken would embark on a life that encompassed their love of antiques, and led to them found one of the country's premier natural whole- grain products companies, Hodg- son's Mill. In 1969, while they were antiquing for fun, they discovered a working mill in Ozark County, Mo. They took out a long-term lease on the mill and initially ran canoe rentals on the nearby Bryant River and sold antiques. They soon had the mill turning out a collection of natural- food flour, muffin mixes and other products for tourists. People kept buying them and calling to say, "send me 10 more packages." Despite some naysayers, who considered it "hippie food," they envisioned the market for natural grain products and began contacting wholesalers and grocers to buy their Hodgson's Mill line. Ken 'hit the road' and even took out the backseat of his car for 'shipping' and Teena took care of the 'office'. After hard work they had a large mill and 18 wheelers delivering Hodgson's Mill products nationwide. They are a true American success story in both love and business. They sold the business in the early 90's and 'retired', moving to Austin in to be near their children and grandchildren and kept antiquing. Teena is survived by her husband, Ken Harrington of Austin, and by her sister, Betty Parham, of Arlington, and brother, Retired Lt. Col. John S. Osborne II, of Lake Buchanan. She is also survived by her children and their spouses: daughter Joy Tyson and her husband Kinn Moursund, of Austin, and son James Davies of Lake Buchanan and his wife Gayle; as well as three stepchildren: Patricia Lewis and her husband Tony Lewis, Baytown; Steve Harrington, Austin; and Kenneth Harrington, Jr. and his wife Ada Harrington, of Tulsa, OK. Teena is also survived by her grandchildren: Steven Alexander Tyson and Christopher Nickolas Tyson, of Austin; Jordan Davies and Katie Davies of Austin; Skye Moursund of San Diego, California; Wendy Bournazian, of Buffalo Gap, South Dakota; James Soendker, of Owasso, OK and Brian Salb of Kansas City. Teena and Ken have also been blessed to have recent 'additions' to their family, namely caregivers Ginger Gentry, Tanunika Kayton, Laura Lozona, Brenda Dziwornu, Norman Lonas and James Gooden. A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 14th at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills, 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in Teena's name to the Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center, c/o the Methodist Neurological Institute, 6560 Fannin, Suite 802, Houston, TX 77030. Please join us in honoring Teena by sharing your thoughts and memories with our family through our memorial at http://www.cookwalden.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 12, 2006
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