Lillian Vance (Babbie) Painter, 93, passed away in Brownwood on April 2, 2016, at her residence. She was born in Ponca City, Okla. on June 4, 1922, to Alfred Hamilton and Lillian Harris Vance.
She attended Christian College in Columbia, Mo., and the University of Oklahoma at Norman, graduating with a B.A. in English in 1944. And she was a proud Delta Gamma.
She married William Hilton Painter Jr. of Dallas on March 2, 1946, at Grace Episcopal Church in Ponca City. They resided in Dallas and raised five children. Babbie and Hilton moved to Brownwood in 1978, where he opened Hilton Painter Associates, a life insurance agency, of which she was also a part.
During their years in Brownwood, Babbie was an enthusiastic member of the community and served on several boards, including the library, humane society and museum. She was also a member and officer of Woman’s Club and Friends of Rotary. Other interests included the Cultural Affairs Committee, Community Concerts and the hospital auxiliary. In the spring of 1995, she was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Jaycees.
Babbie was a faithful member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, participating in various aspects of church life, including serving on the vestry for three years and as senior warden for one year; altar guild; Women of the Church; and any other role that needed to be filled. She was known for her generosity, kindness, hospitality and grace.
She is survived by Hilton, her husband of 70 years; children, Penny Painter of Round Rock, Beth Painter of Brownwood, Peggy Goodell and Gene of Granbury, Willie Painter and Robin of Durham, N.C. and Cathy Wortham and Kevin of Lucas.
She is also survived by grandchildren, Eric Goodell, Laura Goodell, Kevin Wortham Jr., Adam Keough, Cody Younghans and Amelia Baugh; three great-grandchildren; and nephew and nieces, J. Carr, Judy Carr, Sara Carr, Mary Lou Vincent, Jo Andersen, Ann Trawinski and Amy Amason; along with many great-nieces and nephews.
Babbie was predeceased by her parents; and sister, Mary Deane Vance Sowden.
The funeral will be held at The Church of the Good Shepherd at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, Memorials may be made to The Church of the Good Shepherd, 1800 Good Shepherd Drive, Brownwood, Texas 76801, or any charity of your choice.