She was an amazingly gifted woman with numerous talents, a voracious reader and lifelong learner. Born the eldest daughter and #3 of 7 children (4 girls: Lorana, Bonnie, Isabell, Clarene; 3 boys: John, Bill, Jack) to Lewis and Lillie Adare Hunnicutt. She lost her mother to cancer when she was only 12 and assumed the role of "mother" to her younger sisters, one of whom was a baby and knew no other mother. Known as "Sissy" to her siblings and subsequently "Aunt Sissy" to her nieces and nephews. Life after the death of her mother was harsh. She was expected to cook, keep house, look after the stock, and make sure she and her siblings attended school. Her father, a stern disciplinarian, doled out severe punishment to her and her siblings. Upon graduating high school she left home and moved to San Antonio where she worked until enlisting in the USN. She was stationed at the NY Navy Yard after boot camp, where she drove a laundry delivery truck. It was here that she would meet the love of her life, New York born Al Keating, who was stationed at the Marine Barracks following his service in the Pacific Theater. After a brief courtship and after their discharges they were married in 1945. They moved to TX where their daughters were born but returned to NY after TX proved to be a poor job market. He re-enlisted during the Korean war (1950)and they moved to CA. Here they stayed until his death in 1957.
She was active in her children's lives...both as a "room mother", a Girl Scout leader & supporter of all their activities. She was a talented designer, seamstress & pattern-maker in addition to her formal training as a hair stylist, but she preferred to use those skills to the benefit of her daughters. She designed and sewed most of their wardrobes, as well as her own and she had a fine fashion sense, always abreast of the latest trends. Additionally, her needlework (crochet and embroidery) decorated some of the most mundane articles (e.g., pillow cases and towels) and she later crafted crocheted clothing and throws for her children and grand-children.
She was a multi-faceted and multi-talented woman with tremendous curiosity. She trained in electronics assembly, doll-making, and was well known for her keen understanding of and home-grown cures for equine ailments, often bringing a horse back from the brink of death.
She re-married, and eventually moved to AZ, where they lived for many years, then back to TX, which proved to be an unfortunate decision. She would never regain the level of comfort she'd enjoyed in CA and AZ. Additionally, Moe Pevler was not to be the same loving, devoted husband that Al had been. He was disrespectful and broke her heart with his philandering. Nonetheless, she stuck by him and nursed him until his demise from COPD. She never remarried thereafter and lost much of what remained of her property and personal life due to illness and bouts of severe depression. Many of her family members abandoned her through petty disagreements and she lived her last two years in AZ where her eldest daughter oversaw her care in assisted living. She is buried in the same site with her beloved Al, and David, the son-in-law she adored. She left a legacy of immense giftedness and unconditional love for her family.
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