Edna Bertha Holloway of Austin, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, peacefully in her sleep. She was 101 years young.
Edna was born on July 29,1908, in Voca, Texas, to Albert and Lena Behrens, German immigrants who settled in the Texas Hill Country to find a better life. She was one of 17 children who have all preceded Edna in death. Edna’s siblings were Alfred Behrens, Dora Behrens, Ed Behrens, Eda Behrens, Fritz Behrens, Henry Behrens, Hulda Behrens, Jim Behrens, Walter Behrens, Willie Behrens, Mini Boggs, Marie Davis, Alma Ramsey, Ella Stiles, Olga Stuckey, and Bertha Sullivan.
On October 29, 1931, she married Samuel Joe Holloway in Brady, Texas. Joe and Edna were married for fifty-nine years before the Lord called Joe to be with Him. Edna was preceded in death by her daughter’s first husband Lester Smathers of Highland Lakes, Texas.
Edna is survived by her daughter Mayme Lou Smathers and her second husband Bruce McEachran of Pflugerville, Texas, her son Samuel Albert Holloway and his wife Deanna Holloway of Riverton, Wyoming, as well as by four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren.
Edna was extremely skilled with needle and thread. The houses of her relatives are filled with treasured handmade quilts. Each quilt being pieced by hand, no sewing machines for Edna! Edna loved to fish and was an excellent cook of southern foods. Her most recent accomplishment was winning the wheelchair race in the recently held Austin Senior Olympics games against contestants 20 years her junior. Edna was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Mason, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Mason until her later years when she moved to Austin, Texas, to be cared for by her daughter Mayme.
A visitation was held at Austin Peel & Son on Sunday, January 24, 2010, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The service was at 3:00 p.m. Graveside services were held in Mason, Texas, at Gooch Cemetery, at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2010, by Reverend Ray Ash.