Willie Mae Oestreich July 6, 1914 ~ March 15, 2013
March 04, 2013, 9:06 am by Staff Reports
When she started school she had to walk to Pontotoc. At the age of 12 the family moved to Fredericksburg and she graduated from high school there. While her dad, Max was working on a ranch near Oxford, he died in a roping accident and the family moved to Llano.
At that time Willie Mae went to work as the telephone operator in Castell. While living there with her aunt Mollie, she walked to the Castell Methodist Church. At Church she met Leonard Oestreich and eloped with him Jan. 8, 1938.
They made their home at Leonard’s birthplace on the river. Her days were filled with ranch wife activities, the Castell Church, school activities of her daughter Linda and the families of relatives and friends living nearby.
Willie Mae was always ready to serve tea and cookies in the cow pen while the guys were working or on the front porch while visiting with friends and family. That was still true until a few months ago. On one occasion when she couldn’t make it to church, Cliff brought the church to her front yard. It turned into a great meeting when folks who were having a reunion at the river and some hunting guides who were in for a work weekend joined in. As always everybody was welcomed at "Aunt Mae’s” and most likely was offered a Little Debbie snack cake of some sort.
Willie Mae is survived by Linda, Scott and Jesse Black, Stacy, Mike, Kimberly, Nickolas and Brittany Bell; sisters, Alice Houston and Alibeth Dietz; and numerous cherished nieces and nephews and their families. She also leaves behind the special friends and family who helped her be independent: Stanley and Emmie Jo Miller, Jo Ann Costan, Jim and Charm Bode and Kenneth and Pat Brandenberger.
Waiting for her to join them are husband Leonard; her mom and dad, Annie and Max; sisters, Pauline Blount and Ralph, Nila Walker and Weldon, Vernell Weed and Levi; and brother Clay Bode and Lois, T G Houston and Charles Dietz, Hugo and Viola Oestreich and Dale Oestreich.
Visitation was held Monday, March 18 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Trinity Methodist Church in Castell. Funeral services were held, Monday, March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Methodist Church in Castell with Pastors Suzanne Brantley and Cliff Krcha officiating, burial followed at the Llano City Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Scott Black, Jim Bode, Kenneth Brandenberger, Donald Brandenberger, Ray Dietzman, and Stanley Miller.
Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano. E-mail condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may log onto www.whhfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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