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Eva Mae Bible Waggoner


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Eva Mae Bible Waggoner passed away June 12, 2018 in Austin Texas.
Eva Mae Bible was born on March 31, 1926 in Hagerman, NM to Elmer and Mary Bible. She was the oldest of 3 children. When she was in second grade, the family moved to the nearby town of Dexter. Eva Mae graduated from Dexter High School with the Class of 1944. She was a member of the Little Gray Presbyterian Church. She lived in Dexter with her family until her marriage in 1946 to John H. Waggoner.
In 1950, they bought their house on Justin Lane in Austin Texas, which was way out in the country at that time. Mae was a full-time homemaker. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She was very active in Hyde Park Christian Church. She taught Sunday School and Bible school. She served on the Board, as well as on many committees. She was a counselor for summer youth camp. She was active in the Christian Women’s Fellowship. For many years, she organized the church garage sale and bereavement meals for grieving families. She was active in Church Women United. She was a tireless advocate for Heifer International.
Mae and John worked with international students at the University of Texas for many years. They were a host family—inviting international students to be part of family gatherings and celebrations. They also worked with visiting English teachers. Through these connections, Mae developed friends around the world.
Mae spent many years working with the Christmas Bureau to ensure that everyone in Travis county had something to celebrate at Christmas. She started as a volunteer and eventually became the head of the Christmas Bureau. For her extensive volunteer work, she was named “Outstanding Volunteer, 1978” by the Austin Community Services Association.
A memorial service will be held in Austin, Texas at Hyde Park Christian Church on Saturday, June 23, 10:30am. Mae was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother E.J. Bible. She is survived by children, Zaidee and Robert, grandsons Nathan and John, sister Betty Nell Miles, sister-in-law June Bible, as well as nieces and nephews. With her brother and sister living in the Dexter-Hagerman area, Eva Mae remained in touch with Dexter friends. Her sense of humor and servant’s heart will be remembered with fondness. (Pictured above right to left siblings Betty Nell Bible Miles, E.J. Bible and Eva Mae Bible Waggoner, early 1980’s)

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