2012-05-24 / Obituaries

Mildred H. Willard

July 10, 1917 - May 19, 2012

Mildred Hallmark Willard was born on July 10, 1917 in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of James H. “Jeat” and Florence Allen Hallmark. She lived in Fort Worth and graduated from North Side High School. She married Dr. H.R. Willard onApril 9, 1938. They lived in Fort Worth, San Antonio, El Paso and New Orleans while he served in the military. They moved to Giddings in August 1947.

She was a member of the Methodist Church all her life, having joined when a child at the Boulevard Methodist Church in Fort Worth. She had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Giddings since moving there in 1947.

She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Rejuvenation and had been a member of the Giddings Garden Club, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Giddings Study Club.

She retired from the ASCS in 1974 after working with that agency for 20 years. Millie Willard was known to many for the Birthday cards and the Two Dollar Bills she sent for many years. She resided in Giddings for 65 years before moving to Temple.

She is predeceased by her husband Dr. H.R. “Doc” Willard, parents, sister, Pat Holloway and brother, Dr. J.A. Hallmark.

Survivors include two daughters: Rebekah Willard Barrett and her husband Robert of Hampton Cove, Alabama and Stephanie Lyon and her husband Jerry of Temple, Texas. Four Grandsons: Stephen Barrett and his wife Tabatha of Phoenix City, Alabama, Shannon Barrett and his wife Jennifer of Suwanee, Georgia, Justin Lyon and his wife Melissa of Giddings and Mason Lyon of Ft. Worth, Texas. Great Grandchildren: Katie Barrett, Maggie Barrett, Abby Barrett, Samuel Barrett, Anna Grace Barrett, Kirsten Ellis-Lyon, Bailey Lyon and Emma Lyon, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

Millie died on May 19, 2012.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Giddings with Rev. Tim Edwards officiating. Burial followed in the Giddings Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers were Stephen Barrett, Shannon Barrett, Justin W. Lyon, Mason Lyon, Fred Willard and Evan Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers were Leon Westfall, Doug Westfall, Joe Franks, John Smith, Jeff Mutscher, Tim Pitts, Myron Gantt, Gene Newcomb, Mary Katherine Evans, Loree Rost and Johnny Christiansen.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church of Giddings or the charity of one’s choice.

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