Evelyn Haiber Worbington, age 88, passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 20, 2009 at Solara Hospital in Edinburg.
She was born on Feb. 2, 1921, in Newton, Kan., to Ethel May and Oscar Erhart Haiber. She came to the Rio Grande Valley in August 1923. Her father bought farmland three miles south of Edinburg.
Evelyn graduated from Edinburg High School in May 1939. She married Vernon Herman Worbington on Jan. 1, 1941. They moved into their new home on Feb. 14, 1941 and she was still residing at the same place at the time of her death.
Her first employment was with J.C. Penney in Edinburg in 1939. On Dec. 19, 1941 she started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. as an operator and in June 1942 was promoted as the only service representative in the Edinburg business office. When the Edinburg office switched over to dial she was transferred to the McAllen business office. She also relieved in other Valley offices, Mission, Pharr, Donna, Mercedes and Harlingen as cashier/teller and in the phone center. She retired on Feb. 21, 1981.
She and her husband had a grocery store for a couple of years with Louis Slaughter and she was the cashier. On May 6, 1986, she went to work at Skinner Funeral Home as a visitation representative, later the funeral home changed name to Skinner-Silva Funeral Home. She worked in both the Edinburg and Pharr funeral homes for 20 years.
Evelyn joined the Order of Eastern Star No. 473 in April 1947 and at the time of her death she had been an officer for several years. She was a life Pioneer member with AT&T Co. She was a member of the American Business Women Association for 24 years and the First Presbyterian Church in Edinburg for 65 years.
Evelyn was well known for taking photos of all activities and occasions she attended. She enjoyed all of her sons and grandchildren’s activities, watching sports on TV, and she collected postage stamps since she was 12 years old.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her father in August 1972, her mother in November 1978 and by her husband in May 1978.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Eugene (Lana) Worbington of McAllen and Edward Vernon Worbington of Edinburg; three grandchildren, Keri Lee (Michael) Herrin of Houston, Jonathan Christopher Worbington of Houston and Kendra Hermoine (Taylor) Allen of Dallas; two great grandsons, William Stuart Herrin and James Ford Herrin; brother in law and spouse, T.J. and Doris Worbington of Burleson, and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Skinner Silva Funeral Home in Edinburg.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at the First Baptist Church in Edinburg with Pastor Mark Rotramel officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg.
Pallbearers will be Sam Barnett, Dave Rogers, Randy Reavis, Howard Pebley, Tommy Joyner and Jonathan C. Worbington. Honorary Pallbearers will be Michael Herrin, Taylor Allen, Donald Stout, Scott Hibbetts, Skipper Smith, Joe Osment and Richard Drewry.
The family suggest memorials be made to the Vannie E. Cook, Jr. Cancer Foundation, 101 West Exp 83, McAllen, TX 78503.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Linda Villarreal, Healthcare Unlimited, Solara Hospital, Susie Longoria and to her providers, Maria Valdez and Mary Gaitan.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Skinner-Silva Funeral Home of Edinburg which has served the Haiber Family since 1972.