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Betty Frances (Eakin) Hahneman

October 11, 1927 — March 30, 2016

Funeral services for Betty (Eakin) Hahneman will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, with Visitation beginning at 9:00 A.M., at the First United Methodist Church in Kosse. Rev. Dr. Rita Sims will officiate and her grandson, Ramsey Rabie will assist in the services. Burial will follow in the Kosse City Cemetery. Betty Frances Stone was born in 1927 in a small Arkansas town, the only daughter of Leona and Lester Stone. She grew up in Glenwood, Arkansas, surrounded by family and the foothills of the Ozarks. She was an excellent student and graduated High School at 16 years old. Growing up with three brothers had taught her much she needed to know to be confident in herself and very independent. She convinced her parents to agree to declare her an emancipated minor and she started working at 16. Her first big job took her to work at the Atomic Energy Commission as a secretary. Betty married her high school sweetheart Billy Jim Eakin in 1945. They eventually moved to Orange, Texas where he was stationed in the Navy and she continued to work as a secretary. The majority of her next decades were spent in the Houston area working as the Assistant to Ted Bowen, President, at The Methodist Hospital for 35 years. She was a pioneer of sorts, having a career long before it was fashionable. She thrived at Methodist Hospital and played a huge role in helping to make it the world re-nown hospital it is today. Her friends included Dr. Michael DeBakey and Leon Jaworski, and she met many dignitaries, as well as film and movie stars who traveled to Houston for the best in heart surgery. She was brilliant in her own right, beautiful, and fiercely independent. Those who knew her then would also describe her as hard working, loyal, and meticulous. Both she and her husband valued personal integrity over all and instilled that value in their children. In the early 1960's, Betty and Bill purchased land about halfway between Marquez and Kosse and began creating their dream cattle ranch and future retirement home. They spent every weekend at the property building fences, killing mesquite and learning about cattle ranching. At 51, Betty's husband of 34 years died of lung cancer. Her work at Methodist Hospital and maintaining the ranch with her son, then a teenager, kept her busy and she began to overcome the heartbreak of losing her high school sweetheart. One of her employees at Methodist Hospital, Gloria Hahneman, died a few months later. Both couples had been good friends and when Betty reached out to console Gloria's husband, Ken, a romance eventually blossomed into a marriage that lasted 28 years, until his death. During their marriage, Betty retired and she and Ken pursued the dream of living at the ranch. They lived in Groesbeck while their house was being built and lived there together on the ranch until his death. They were very happy in the Robertson County community and loved the country lifestyle. After Ken's death, Betty moved to The Woodlands area to be near her daughter and son, where she remained until her death on March 30, 2016. She was the wife of two, mother of two, grandmother of five and great grandmother of ten. Her generosity, integrity, loyalty, and work ethic will remain a huge part of her legacy. She was a practicing Christian who loved the Lord and has surely been united with him in Heaven.
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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

First United Methodist Church of Kosse

207 Monroe St W, Kosse, TX 76653

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