Mary (Sissy Hagedorn) Abernathy, 93, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2011, at Little Sisters of the Poor. She was born December 12, 1917, in Evansville, IN.
Sissy was a prize-winning quilter and a member of Raintree Quilter's Guild. She was a member of D of I, and Legion of Mary, and a volunteer quilter at St. Theresa, St. John's, and Little Sisters. She was a hairdresser, a gardener, a seamstress, and a dedicated volunteer. Sissy's smile was contagious as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and an inspiration to all who met her.
Her family owned and operated Hagedorn's Tavern, and she and her husband owned Abernathy's Motors. Sissy also owned her own beauty shop for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Abernathy, in 1982; her parents, Henry and Catherine Hagedorn; sister, Dorothy Garnett; and brother, Bernie Hagedorn.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff at the Little Sisters and VNA Hospice for their love and care.
Sissy is survived by daughters; Mary Jo (Bill) Huff, Connie (Jerry) Hulse; son, Don (Janie) Abernathy; grandchildren, Cathy (Kenny) Brown, Joe (Nikki) Huff, Melody (John) Hanna, Laura (Mark) Hawkins, Todd (Chanthan) Elbrink, Lee (Laura) Abernathy, Linda Abernathy; great-grandchildren, Kurt and Melanie Brown, Matthew, Michael and Eli Hanna, Liam and Cole Huff, Abby, Emily, and Tori Abernathy, Meagan, Conner, and Kate Hawkins, Mya, Tyler, and Bella Elbrink.
Mass will be 10:30 AM, Sunday, February 27, 2011, at Little Sisters of the Poor, 1236 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN. Friends may visit 2-8 PM, Saturday, at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, and 9-10 AM, Sunday at Little Sisters of the Poor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters, VNA Hospice, 610 E. Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47734, or the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org.