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Io Halbert

Female 1906 - 2014  (107 years)


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  • Name Io Halbert  [1
    Born 23 Sep 1906  Milam, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 May 2014  Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Io Halbert McIlhaney, 97, of Lubbock passed away on Monday, May 3, 2004, following a brief illness at her longtime home at Carillon Village.

      She was born the fifth of nine children to Levi Thompson Halbert and Mary Ann Armstrong Halbert on Sept. 23, 1906 in Milam, Sabine County. Io graduated from Milam High School in 1924 and received an Elementary Teaching Certificate from Stephen F. Austin State College in 1926. She taught school in the Houston area for several years and held a Lifetime Teaching Certificate from the State of Texas. She met Joe S. McIlhaney, owner of McIhaney Creamery in Lubbock, during one of his frequent business trips to Southeast Texas. They married in September of 1934. He preceded her in death in 1999. A daughter, JoAnne Conely, also preceded her in death.

      Io was a woman of extraordinary abilities and energy. Her many activities and interests included membership in the Lubbock Women's Club, the Lubbock Women's Forum, and the Allegro Music Club. She was continually involved in the PTA while her children were in school. She served as president of Carroll Thompson PTA, president of the Lubbock City Council PTA, and received life membership in the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers. Community activities gave her great pleasure, particularly her dedicated service to the Lubbock Well Baby Clinic and her longtime volunteer work as a docent at the Western Heritage Center.

      She later received a lifetime membership in the West Texas Museum Association. Io was a faithful and involved member of the Lubbock First Baptist Church from the very beginning of her life in Lubbock. She was active in the Women's Missionary Union and taught a women's Sunday school class for many years. She was a longtime member of the church choir and in her latter years loved being a member of the church's Prime Time Singers. Above all, Io was sustained by her joyous love of the Lord and devotion to her family.

      It has been said that an important part of life is just "being there," and Io was always there - for her family, for her friends, for her church, for people who needed her, and for the entire Lubbock community. In recognition of her years of interests and service she was nominated for, and given, the "Outstanding Older Texas Award" by the Governor of Texas.

      Io is survived by a daughter, Nancy J. Rainwater and her husband, Clois, of Honey Grove; three sons, Joe S. McIlhaney, Jr., M.D. and his wife, Marion, of Austin, Richard G. McIlhaney and his wife, Martha, of Copper Canyon, and David L. McIlhaney and his wife, Jane, of Ventura, Calif.; a sister, Lollie Lee of Waco; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2004, at the Ford Chapel of First Baptist Church with the Rev. John H. Ballard officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Sanders Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral hom e. Pallbearers will be Jason McIlhaney, Scott McIlhany, Kevin McIlhany, Mark Connell, and David Lutz. The family would like to thank the staff of Carillon Village for the love and excellent care provided to their mother during the last seventeen years, and particularly the staff of Carillon House, who cared for her during her final days. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Carillon Foundation.
    Person ID I6657  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Levi Thompson Halbert,   b. 1 Mar 1874, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1967, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Armstrong,   b. 4 Dec 1875, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1958, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 13 Nov 1895  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Family ID F3288  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joe Singleton McIlhaney, Sr.,   b. 18 Oct 1902, Gholson, McLennan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1999, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Married Sep 1934  [4
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F3294  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Sep 1906 - Milam, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 May 2014 - Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.), # 56908485 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S594] Davenport, Linda King-Family Researcher (dlkkport@hotmail.com) Emails, Family Group Sheets, Descendancy Trees, etc.

    3. [S1075] McCary, Kay P. "Halbert Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas" Cemetery Index ; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsabine/burials/.

    4. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.), # 36454971 (Reliability: 3).