Esther Hardegree

Born on Aug. 25, 1916

BAY CITY - Esther Hardegree, 97, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Matagorda House in Bay City.
Esther Elizabeth Augsburger was born August 25, 1916 to Amos and Mary Augsburger. She moved to Sweeny, Texas when her parents relocated from Illinois.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Lawrence "Six" and Clarence Augsburger; her first husband Troye F. "Tuffy" Adams; her second husband, Gordon Hardegree; her niece Mary Walker and nephew David Augsburger.
She is survived by two sisters Eva Orr of Sweeny and Peggy Young of College Station; four nieces Shirley Carter, Peggy Galyean, Laura Long and Debbie Greer; six nephews Tommy Orr, Larry & Harper Augsburger, Richard, Jim and Wayne Young and numerous great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and special friend, Barbara Jo Baethe.
Esther was an active member of First Baptist Church, where she and her first husband worked with the youth group. She also taught Sunday School, was senior adult department director, served on committees and participated in numerous mission ministries, touching many lives through the years. Everyone who knew her knew she loved the Lord and her Church. In her later years, she was member of the Jet Set and the senior adult choir, the Jublilaires of the Church. She and her husband Tuffy lived in Africa for a while, where she served her Lord doing mission work.
Esther loved Bay City and was a community servant. She was a Pink Lady and volunteered many hours as a part of this organization to help others. Her life was about service and helping others.
She retired from First National Bank of Bay City after many years of service. She had a strong work ethic and mentored many beginning employees. She loved to cook and entertain family and friends. She is best know for her famous yeast rolls. She enjoyed playing bridge and could rarely be beaten in a game of forty-two. She also loved to travel and took numerous cruises.
You always knew when Esther was around, as there was always laughter. Hers was contagious. Her keen wit and sense of humor brightened any room. A copy of the following verse was found in her dresser and marked in her Bible: "And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Thy strength to this generation. Thy power to all who are to come." Psalms 71:18.
Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM Monday, September 16, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with funeral services following at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Zimmerman and nephew, Rev. Jim Young officiating. She will be interred next to her first husband at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.
Pallbearers will be Frank Baethe, Troye Bradley Baethe, Jimmy L. Powers, Jr., and her nephews Larry Augsburger, Richard Young and Wayne Young.
Please consider donations in her memory to First Baptist Church; 2321 Ave F; Bay City, TX 77414.
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Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.



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