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Lillian Early
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 • Posted July 11, 2012

Lillian Marian Walton Early died on July 8, 2012 in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Lillian was born on January 1, 1910, in Scurry County, Texas, the first of 14 children born to Isaiah and Aria Nancy Hamrick Walton.

She graduated from Snyder High School in 1930, and attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College in the Fall Semester of 1930.

She returned to Snyder to marry Willis Worley Early, Jr. on 2 March 1931.

Three sons were born to that marriage: William Tracy Early (20 February 1934 - 16 December 2005), Boyce Don Early (7 September 1935 - 4 October 1935), and Grady Gaston Early (8 November 1944 - ).

In 1950, Lillian and Worley moved to a farm in Runnels County, Texas, and worked at the Bagwell-Early Texaco dealership in Ballinger.

In 1963, Lillian entered the Shannon School of Nursing in San Angelo and graduated on 25 January 1964.

After a brief career on the nursing staff at Shannon Hospital, she moved to Mason, Texas, to care for her parents.

At the same time, she worked at the Mason Care Center until her retirement in 1986.

In 2008, after hip replacement surgery, Lillian moved to the Knopp Nursing & Rehab Center in Fredericksburg, Texas.

She was preceded in death by Worley, Boyce Don, Tracy, and nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by Grady; by two sisters: Rachel Addison of Hico, Texas, and Natalie Mason of Denton, Texas; and by two brothers: Virgil Walton and wife Ann of Snyder, Texas, and Laban Walton and wife Mary Ann of Portland, Oregon.

As a memorial, please donate to your favorite charity or to the Grady G. Early Graduate Fellowship in Forensic Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas 78666.

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