Winnie Maude Hatley passed from this life into God's hands on May 5, 2020. She was born to Bradford W. Helm and Elizabeth Ann Cox Helm on May 10, 1921, in Bandera, Texas.
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She was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard, of 69 years; son, Ronald D. Gipson: parents; four brothers, Bert, Floyd, Bernice, and Fred; three sisters, Madge Robinson, Merlyne Cates, and Media Wetsel.
Survivors include her daughter Linda Compton and husband William of San Angelo; nephew Darrel Lynn Hatley, who was like a son, and his wife Diane of San Angelo; Grandchildren Christy Compton Delacruz, Todd Compton both of San Angelo, Rhonda Graves and husband Troy, Kellie Furrow and husband Jason of Hurst; Great-grandchildren, Amelia Alexander, Jordan Hatley Compton, William Kelly Compton of San Angelo, Andrew Furrow, Austin and Jaspar Graves of Hurst; Numerous nieces and nephews.
Winnie was a lifetime member of the Wingate Church of Christ and West Angelo Church of Christ. She lived her entire life as a Christian role model. She fed lunch to numerous traveling ministers after Sunday morning services in Wingate.
She graduated from high school in Hilton, Texas, and went on to Jolly Beauty School in Fort Worth, Texas. She met and married Durwood Gipson and gave birth to one son, Ronald D. Gipson. They divorced and she became a phone operator with her mother taking care of her son. She later met the love of her life, Maynard. They married on April 20, 1946. Together they both worked hard to achieve their life-long dream of owning a farm, which they accomplished. They built a home on land they purchased and begin to farm. They were never as happy as they were during that time. She loved everything about it. They worked side by side to have a beautiful home they were proud of.
Winnie worked hard her entire life. She picked cotton as a child, hoed weeds, planted gardens, sewed for the public making beautiful dresses for Linda (including her wedding dress), kept a clean house, cooked three meals a day, washed clothes in a wringer washer and hung them out to dry before washing machines were invented.
Her hobbies were oil painting beautiful pictures, going through pastures, and digging up arrowheads and old bottles of which she had a huge collection of both. Winnie loved family history and compiled huge manuals of old family pictures dating back to the 1800s. She sat at her computer researching documents and gathering information for all of her genealogy books. She also loved to fish in her younger years with her son-in-law, Billy, and her grandson, Todd.
She was an amazing woman and, in the end, her tired hands had one more job to do and that was to reach up to God and touch the face of Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior. She has always said only God can be her judge.
Graveside services were held on May 9, 2020, with family attending.
Winnie was a kind, caring, humble, and generous woman, never wanting for much in her life. Any wealth that came her way she always shared with others, even complete strangers. Our love for her will be in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be to Ft. Chadbourne Foundation, 651 Fort Chadbourne Road Bronte, Texas 76933 which was near and dear to her heart.
Many thanks to nurses at Sagecrest for their loving care.