Louella Byrne Hall lost her long fight with cancer Nov. 4, 2011; she is at peace with her lord and Savior. Louella was 88 years, 25 days young, she was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Mertzon, Texas, to Lottie Stedham Davenport where she lived till moving to Mitchell County. She joined the First Christian Church at the age of 12 and was an active member. She was an active member in the Colorado City church and raised her family there as well, but she attended the First Methodist Church of Colorado City, then the Westbrook church with her daughter.
She was a single mother with three young children, Robert Haley, Ronald Haley, Sharon O’Neal and worked as a telephone operator in Mertzon, Texas. She was introduced to Bruce Byrne, Jr. by a girlfriend on the next ranch over. They married in August of 1951 and moved to the ranch south of Colorado City and became a family.
In 1954 along came a surprise, one more son, Byron B. Byrne III, and then in 1960 along came another surprise, one more daughter, Datha C. Byrne
She has been active in several groups in Mitchell and Scurry Counties. She was classroom mother for all the kids classes, went on senior trips as sponsor, 4-H trips and camps and stock show mother. She joined the Looney Club Home Demonstration in 1951.
She served in offices, County and District levels both, for some 60 years. She also joined the Eastern Star, some 28 years ago, an active member in Scurry and Mitchell Counties, until they closed both chapters. She served on the board of Directors at Lone Wolf Electric, from 1974-1979.
“Maga” was what the grandkids, and great-grandkids, as well as a fair amount of people that were connected to her through the family and friends called her. She always had cookies made with “Maga dust”. If it could have been bottled, she would have made a small mint. (I know that it was the love she added, but the kids say other wise.)
She always had Hot Sauce, banana muffins and some chocolate chip cookies made when you went to her house. At holidays the “Maga Apple and Pecan Pies” if you wanted some other kind it was your turn to make it. We all think our mother’s cooking is the best, but we all know that if you had the privilege to eat her cooking, you know that she was wonderful.
After the passing of Byron Bruce Byrne, Jr. in October 1977 she worked as a checker at E Z Way Grocery until she met N.F. “Punk” Hall and later married him in November 1984. She moved to Hermleigh, Texas where she lived until the passing of “Punk Hall in March 1994. She returned to the Ranch, south of Colorado City, Texas
She is survived by one brother, Buster Davenport of Midland, Texas; one sister, Lucille Covey of Mertzon, Texas; five sons, John D Hall, of Hermleigh, Robert Haley, of Austin, Ronny and Laura Hall of Hermleigh, Ron and Betty Haley of Garden Dale, Texas and Byron and Phyllis Byrne of Colorado City, Texas; three daughters, Donna Hall Beavers of Lubbock, Texas, Nikki Westcott Haley Wilson of Las Lomas Ranch Hill Country, Texas and Datha Byrne and Curtis Johnson of Colorado City, Texas; 28 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two nieces; and one nephew.
We wish to celebrate her life. Please, in lieu of flowers, make gifts to favorite charity in her name or Hendricks Hospice or the Hendricks League House.
Thank you for caring about our family, the prayers have been answered for peace and strength. May God bless all of you.
Graveside services will be Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Colorado City Cemetery and family visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 from 4-6 p.m. at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home in Colorado City.