Edna Hillmer Obituary

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Edna Earl Hillmer

March 19, 1933 - March 21, 2014
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Edna Earl Hillmer, 81, of Georgetown, Texas went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 21, 2014. She was born on March 19, 1933 in Houston, Texas to parents OD and Edna Horton. An honor student and member of the DAR she went on to study at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Edna married Joe F. Mayes on July 4 of 1952. They were happily married for over 22 years. During their lifetime together they lived in Biloxi, Ft. Worth, Orlando, Denver, and Duncanville, Texas until Joe's death in 1975. In 1977, Edna relocated to Houston to be closer to her family. After some years in Houston she met and married Roy F. Hillmer, Jr. They were...
Edna Earl Hillmer, 81, of Georgetown, Texas went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 21, 2014. She was born on March 19, 1933 in Houston, Texas to parents OD and Edna Horton. An honor student and member of the DAR she went on to study at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Edna married Joe F. Mayes on July 4 of 1952. They were happily married for over 22 years. During their lifetime together they lived in Biloxi, Ft. Worth, Orlando, Denver, and Duncanville, Texas until Joe's death in 1975. In 1977, Edna relocated to Houston to be closer to her family.

After some years in Houston she met and married Roy F. Hillmer, Jr. They were happily married for 31 years. Edna was a manager for Southwestern Bell, and Roy was a regional VP for General American Life. After retirement, Edna and Roy moved to Georgetown, Texas where they found great happiness as members of the Sun City community. Their passions were bridge, golf, and spending time with their great friends in Sun City.

Together, they enjoyed travel and visited all fifty states and six continents. They were passionate in their pride, support, and love of their children and grandchildren. Edna is survived by her two children, Doug Mayes and Steve Mayes, as well as grandchildren Connor, Cole, Case, Sarah and Elizabeth. Edna is also survived by her brother Otis Horton, and sister Caroline Horton.

Edna was a bold blend of courage, loyalty, and love. Widowed at age 42, with no job experience, she spent little time feeling sorry for herself. She got into the workforce and she persistently and determinedly completed her college studies at night and on weekends. At work, she achieved great respect and success, being consistently advanced in managerial positions. She was surprised and honored that one of the colleges where she studied invited her to come back and teach the very subject she was there to learn.

Edna was very organized; she daily made lists and completed her tasks with purpose, responsibility and integrity. People counted on her to get things done and she was entrusted with many great responsibilities in her life. Determined, pragmatic and straight talking, Edna lived a life of integrity. It would not take long to know where Edna stood on a subject. She lived life authentically.

Edna was a devoted wife. She was proud of her marriage and loyal to her man. She supported her sons in all of their pursuits, the most important of which were their marriages to Edna's daughters in law Gina Mayes and Kathleen Mayes. Edna's sparkling passion were her grandchildren in whom she was very proud. She surrounded her home with their pictures and enjoyed keeping up with their activities. At an early age, she read extensively to each of them; just one of her ways of expressing her love and nurture.

Throughout life, Edna happily and naturally volunteered her time in service to others. She spent many hours in service to the Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as serving in her church as a Sunday school class teacher for students and adults. Among her many projects, she hosted lots of activities for kids including serving as a cub scout leader, taking groups of church high school students to beach retreats in Florida, and opening up her home and swimming pool to groups of kids from the Buckner Children's Home of Ft. Worth.

Growing up, Edna was a top student, known for having a bright and inquisitive mind. She enjoyed reading, pursuing her faith, and was conversant on the events of the day. She very naturally understood Science and embraced new discoveries and how they might make life better. Throughout life, she was always reading, studying, and learning. She was always feeding her mind and enjoyed puzzles of all kinds and math challenges. She took great pleasure in hosting gatherings and absolutely savored her time playing bridge with friends.

Friends are invited to join the family at a Celebration of Life get-together on Sunday, April 13th at 2:00pm in Georgetown, Texas at the Sun City Community Center in the Oaks Social Hall. Together we will celebrate the joy and lives of Edna and Roy.

Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 WIlliams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.

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