Emma Virginia Hare, 88, of Happy, died Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Services will be at 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 9, 2012, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Karel Smith, pastor of First Christian Church of Tulia, officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mrs. Hare was born May 23, 1923, in Guthrie, Oklahoma, to Robert and Emma Stanbrough. Despite missing most of her senior year of high school due to appendicitis, she still graduated valedictorian of her class. During World War II, she met her future husband, John Hare, before he shipped out for three tours of duty. They stayed in correspondence throughout the war (she kept the letters in a shoebox) and were married on Aug. 3, 1945, in Ft. Worth. The couple shared sixty-six wonderful years together.
During her long life, Mrs. Hare was a court reporter for the county judge in Guthrie, a secretary for the Cerebral Palsy Center (now known as the Children’s Rehab Center), an antique store owner, and a real estate agent for Ken J. Brown. She lived in Canyon for many years and relished her roles as band parent and both Brownie and Girl Scout leader for her daughters, and later, as a doting grandmother. Upon Mr. Hare’s retirement, they moved to a farmhouse outside of Happy.
Mrs. Hare was a strong Christian woman who, in the past, led a children’s Sunday school class and was currently a member of First Christian Church in Tulia.
She was preceded in death by a brother, D.C. Phillips, a sister, Marie Duffey, and her daughter, Tana Gay Hare.
Survivors include her husband, John Hare, of Happy; two daughters, Sherre Delynn House of Woodward, Oklahoma and Shanon Gale Frye and husband John of Tulia; a brother, Bobby Stanbrough and wife Charlene of Guthrie, Oklahoma; a sister, Lila Longan of Perkins, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Toni Thomas and husband Mark and Teri Carrell and husband Tracy; a grandson, Chad Fincher and wife Lindsay; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was loved, and she will be greatly missed.
The family suggests memorials be to First Christian Church of Tulia, 102 NW 6th Street, Tulia, TX 79088; or Snack Pak 4 Kids, Panhandle Commission Services-Tulia, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Box 32150, Amarillo, TX 79120.