|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1916|
|Death: ||Jul. 13, 2011|
Johnson County Daily News Franklin, IN
July 15, 2011
Mary Lou Abrams, 94, died Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at McAllen Comfort House in McAllen, Texas. She was a resident of Mission, Texas.
She was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Morgan County, to John Earl and Lena Mae Daily.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Herold Wayne Hauk and James Abrams; a son, Phillip Ray Hauk; two grandsons, Jeff Hauk and Brad Flora; an infant sister, Martha Ellen; a son-in-law, Manuel Garza; a daughter-in-law, Helga Hauk; and two brothers-in-law, Hal E. Earley and Austin B. Childress.
Survivors include three children, Jane "Roberta" Hauk of Mission, Lawrence "Larry" Hauk of Bloomington and Arthur Gerald "Jerry" (Pam) Hauk of Greenwood; two sisters, Jean Earley of Lawton, Okla., and Virginia Childress of Greencastle; grandchildren, Brent (Sandra) Garza and Brian (Stacie) Garza, both of Mission, Bradley Garza of Wellesley Island, N.Y., Kevin Hauk of Bloomington, Evelin Meinck of San Antonio, Pam (Tony) Sheese of Spencer, Timothy (Dawn) Hauk of Sadieville, Ky., Brandi (Matt) Schemenauers of Poland, and Derek (Jennifer) Hauk, currently stationed in Afghanistan; great-grandchildren, Candace (Jesse) Gleaton, Brandon (Crystal) Garza, Jordynn Garza, Victoria (Kevin) Ujueta, Brooke Ray, Corbin and Linsey Garza, Nicholas (Maren) Hauk, Jessica (Jeremy) Busby, Morgan Flora, Colton and Zion Schemenauers, and Samantha and Jerry Hauk; and great-great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Noah, Alexia and Blake Gleaton and Conner Busby.
Mrs. Abrams also is survived by several loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
She graduated from Spencer High School in Spencer. Upon marrying her first husband, Herold Hauk, she helped him in farm work (including milking cows and delivering calves) for several years as well as preparing large meals for up to 20 farm workers each day as she cared for her young children. In order to provide so many meals during the Depression years, she had a large garden and canned everything possible including fish caught by her husband, all of which was stored in a large cellar until needed.
In addition to the cows, she raised hogs and chickens, so there always was plenty of wholesome food for the family, workers and friends. Also, she sold eggs and some chickens.
The family was happy but usually exhausted at the end of the day from long hours of farm work.
When her husband became ill and no longer could do farm work, they moved to a different home, and she started working as a waitress. She also packed clothespins and did various other menial jobs. However, she found this work not to her liking, and the wages were not sufficient enough to maintain a family.
As time passed she was left to provide for her family by herself, and she worked hard and was successful in supporting them on her own.
Being an ambitious person, Mrs. Abrams bought a shorthand tablet and borrowed a typewriter and started reinforcing skills she had learned in high school. Soon she was able to do well and was working in offices and later for lawyers.
She worked for her brother-in-law, Austin Childress, the Owen County prosecutor and later Owen Circuit judge in Spencer as a court reporter for six years.
Working in the legal field was extremely interesting for her and better paying than her previous work.
Later, she worked as assistant reporter of the Supreme and Appellate Courts of Indiana, which was followed by jobs during the legislative sessions in the Indiana State Senate.
She did exceptionally well and enjoyed all of this work.
Leaving Indiana and her sons, Larry and Jerry, Mrs. Abrams and her son, Phillip, moved to be near her daughter, R. Jane Hauk Garza, in Mission, Texas, and purchased a few acres.
Together with her son, Phillip, they built a trailer park, and he built a home for them on the same piece of land.
In the meantime, she continued to work for lawyers. Sid Hardin of Edinburgh, Texas, was one of her favorite employers. Later, she worked as a tax, insurance and real estate specialist for the trust department of McAllen State Bank.
Upon retirement, she started writing short stories, several of which are tales of dogs and other animals. At the time of her death, she was finishing writing the story of her life.
Her family is blessed to have enjoyed her stories, her recitation of lengthy poems and her musical talent. She sang and played the violin, which she learned to play from lessons she paid for as a child from raising and selling farm animals and picking blackberries to sell. Later, she learned to play the keyboard without taking lessons.
Her family always loved her wonderful meals and baked items.
She lived an interesting, exciting and worthwhile life. She was our hero.
Pallbearers will be Brent Garza, Bradley Garza, Brian Garza, Brandon Garza, Corbin Garza and Candace Gleaton. Honorary pallbearers will be Pam Sheese, Brandi Schemenauers, Tim Hauk, Kevin Hauk, Evelin Meinck, Derek Hauk, Victoria Ujueta, Brooke Ray, Linsey and Jordynn Garza.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 611 N. Dunlap Ave., Mission. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home, 621 E. Griffin Parkway, in Mission. A prayer service will be conducted at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at San Jose Cemetery in Mission.
The Hauk and Garza families extend very special thanks to Dr. Francisco Rugama for all his care.
Additionally, they would like to thank Dr. Carlos Morales; the doctors and staff at the Mission Regional Hospital Center for all their attention; her caregivers, Nelia Vasquez and Karina Meraz; and lastly, McAllen Comfort House and the Beyamar Hospice Groups.
San Jose Cemetery
Created by: Ted Butler
Record added: Jul 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73388829