Louise Worthington

May 11, 1919 – February 24, 2009

Louise Worthington, 89, of San Saba, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 28, at Hillier Funeral Home. Services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the funeral home with the Rev. Todd Jordan officiating. Burial will follow at Bryan City Cemetery.

Louise was born on May 11, 1919, in Valley Junction near Hearne (now known as Mumford, Texas) to Ada (Duncan) and John M. Worthington. When she was 10 years old, the family moved to Bryan and she was glad for indoor plumbing! She graduated from Bryan High School in 1937 and then received a scholarship in August 1938 to Draughan’s Business School in Houston. After college, she worked for Montext Petroleum Co. and after the start of World War II, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve her country (because, as she said, she liked the uniforms!). After basic training in New York, she was sent to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and San Francisco (the 12th Naval District), where she served as a secretary at the U.S. Naval Training Center on Treasure Island. Louise enjoyed meeting all the stars that performed at the U.S.O. club, but her favorite was Bob Hope (who selected her to be on one of his shows). After her discharge in 1945, she returned to Bryan and Houston briefly, before moving to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Naval Department for two years. In 1948, she returned to Houston and worked for various oil companies, including Goldsston Oil Corp. and Columbia Carbon Co. During her last years of employment, she worked in retail, at Joske’s of Houston in the public relations office for more than 11 years. She always said retail was an adventure – “Show business!”

She loved her vacation times, traveling to the West Coast and visiting her favorite places, such as Las Vegas, Colorado, Sedona, Ariz., and Sante Fe. During her years in Houston, she truly enjoyed the Houston Livestock Show and she belonged to the garden club, the Azalea Trail and the Houston cat shows. Her love for photography is apparent in the collection of photographs she has of her beloved cats and her family, including her nieces and nephews.

When she was unable to live alone in Houston, she went into a retirement home in San Saba in 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, John Worthington. Survivors include her sisters, Jane Worthington Yates of Brownwood, Texas, and Betty Jo Worthington Samford of Pasadena, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Jo Ann Worthington of Caldwell; nieces and nephews, Harold and Pam Yates of San Saba, Gloria and Bill Lacey of Seguin, Caroline and Rick Babbitt of Tomball, Texas, Dr. Ronald and Sue Floyd of Deer Park, Michael and Debbie Worthington of Hempstead, Shirle and Kverin Urbanovsky, Jan and Pat Hoffman and Jean Marshall, all of Caldwell; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.