Tressie May Hagins

Oct. 31, 1931 –

July 20, 2012

Tressie May Willis Hagins, 80, of Waxahachie died in her sleep, Friday morning July 20, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and congenital heart disease.

She was born in Girard, Kent County, Texas on Oct. 31,1931. Tressie was the fourth daughter of Thomas Clayton Willis and Mayme Olivia Allen Willis. She grew up on the family farm in west Texas, with many fond memories and tragedies common to depression era life, thus creating the strong woman she was until the very end.

Not long after graduating from Girard High School on May 21,1948, Tressie moved to Dallas where she met the love of her life, James Stilton Hagins, in the boarding house where they both resided. Tressie and Jim were married on April 15,1955. Many memories were created as they shared outdoor adventures, traveling across the states, and raising their family. Jim preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 2011.

She spent 30-plus years working for American Title Company, retiring in 1999 to spend more time doing the things she loved. Family was at the top of her list with holiday and birthday celebrations, dinners, reunions and special events with the grandkids.

Tressie is survived by her daughter, Diane Bittick and son, Ed Hagins. Her son John Randall Hagins preceded her in death.

She is also survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; Andrew Bittick, Tessa Bittick, Hunter Hagins, and Liam Bittick, respectively; one brother and one sister; Don Willis and Mayme Ruth “Aunt Dee” Willis-Romoser.

Tressie was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother; Lois, Bonnie, Mary, and James.

As a mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend she will be greatly missed.

The family will be hosting a visitation from 4-6 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2012, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie. The family will have a private service and scattering of remains at a later date and time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association in her name.