Emily (Bond) Hailey was born on June 17th in McCaulley Texas to George and Vera (Webb) Bond. She was one of 5 daughters. Her father was a school teacher in McCaulley until 1927. They moved to Crosbyton in 1929. He later studied law on his own and passed the bar exam. He owned an abstract office in Crosbyton. He ran for county judge and was elected and served as Crosby County judge from 1933-1936. Judge Bond joined a law firm in Lubbock. After several years he built and opened his own law office behind his Lubbock home. He also served as legal advisor in Loving county for some years. He also collected delinquent taxes for several counties in the Pecos area of Texas for many years. He commuted to those jobs from Lubbock. In Crosbyton, the family lived in the Ellison house on S. Harrison. Emily remembers the depression. She often tells "We would’ve starved to death that winter if we had not had those dried black-eyed peas! Her sister, Oleta, added "Mama made gravy from the scapings in the frying pan and we had biscuits and gravy." They also had a cow that enjoyed grazing by the lake west of town. It was Emily's job to fetch her home and milk her. The cow came right home when Emily called to her. Emily started 3rd grade in Crosbyton in 1929 with her 4 sisters and went on through the first semester of her senior year and graduated from Lubbock High School in 1938.
She soon married Lon Allen Hailey. They had three children, Glenys born in 1939, Doris in 42 and Lonnie in 45.
Later as a single mom, Emily moved to California in 1956. She qualified and was hired to work at Edwards Air Force Base and worked there as an accountant for 19 yrs. She watched the space shuttle land from her office window! She and her children continued to live in Lancaster California for many years.
Emily transferred to Albuquerque and then to Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1974. She lived there for 2 years and then retired from her government position. Emily moved back to Lubbock in 1976. She is a faithful member of Red Bud Baptist Church. After a fall Emily moved back to Crosbyton and resided at Reeves Rhodes Assisted Living from October 2015 until February 2019. She enjoyed being back in Crosbyton and tells of the many good memories of her growing up in Crosbyton. After another fall in February she resided at Carillon Nursing Home in Lubbock for six weeks until her death on April 7th, 2019. She was much beloved by the staff of both facilities for her kindness to the staff and her feisty nature. Her son Lonnie received many a tearful hug from staff after learning of her demise.
She is survived by her children, Doris Lynn Seymour and Lonnie Hailey; sister Ina Bond of California; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday April 13, 2019. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday April 13, 2019 at Combest Family Funeral Homes. Interment will be at City of Lubbock Cemetery.
Palm Coast, FL
Monday, April 15, 2019
She was like a second mother to me working with my Mom, Loree Vanover all those years at Ed\wards AFB. They also traveled together several years and were best friends. She will be missed.
Panama City, FL
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Grandmother you will never be forgotten. With all the visits we had throuhout my life are some of my best memories. We will see each other again one day, in the Kingdom where Jesus our Lord has prepared for us. Until than you"ll be truly missed. Love always & Forever Felicia
Rusty and Denise Ranck
DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
So many memories to remember with our family.
Such a strong woman will be missed very much.
We love you more Grandmother!