Linda Elaine Abernathy

October 15, 1946December 22, 2018

Linda Elaine (Mahurin) Abernathy 72 of Evant, Texas passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Seton Williamson Hospital, Round Rock, Texas.

Born in Kirksville, Missouri on October 15, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred Mahurin and Cleta Mae (Roberts) Mahurin.

On January 26, 1989 she was united in marriage to Jerry Abernathy who preceded her in death on December 1, 2015.

Linda is survived by two brothers, Laverne Mahurin of Kirksville, Missouri and Dean Mahurin of Hanna City, Illinois. One sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Don Blakely of Georgetown, Texas. Two daughters Lisa Snitker of Mt. Vernon, Missouri and Stacy Harper of Georgetown, Texas. One son Daniel Snitker that preceded her in death. Linda had four stepchildren David and wife Pam Abernathy of Hutto, Texas, Donnie Abernathy of Georgetown, Texas, Scott Abernathy of Kingfisher, Oklahoma and Angie Abernathy-Ierbeck of Amarillo, Texas. Three grandchildren Gracy Thompson of Leander, Texas. Dalton Harper of Brownwood, Texas, Zach Harper of Oklahoma. Five step grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Numerous sister and brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Linda was born and raised on a farm in the community of East Center of Kirksville, Missouri. She attended a one room schoolhouse for 1st - 8th grade. She graduated from Kirksville High School in 1964 and attended Northeast Missouri State College in Kirksville. Linda then moved to Kansas City, Missouri and worked at Hallmark Cards for many years until she married and moved away.

At the time of her death, Linda was employed as a secretary for the First United Methodist Church in Hamilton, Texas. She was grateful for all the wonderful friends she made while there; she enjoyed her job immensely. Her greatest love was raising her three children. She was an excellent cook and very talented in many ways. She loved to fish, sew, crochet, garden and can. Linda spent her leisure time watching old reruns of Perry Mason and Gunsmoke. She and Jerry loved their animals and after Jerry passed away her Boston Terrier, Lilly, kept her company and she loved that dog very much.

Over the last few years Linda was able to fulfill her dream of traveling. She visited New York City enjoying everything the city had to offer especially Broadway plays and Junior’s famous New York Cheesecake. In July of this year she was in Telluride, Colorado for her niece’s wedding. The highlight of this year was a trip to Scotland and Ireland with her sister and brother-in-law. It was everything she had dreamt and more. Her family is so happy that she got to fulfill these dreams.

Linda will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and the best sister anyone could have. She will be forever missed by her family and friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Riley Funeral Home in Hamilton, Texas. Family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Hamilton, Texas with James Yates officiating. Intermit will be in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Evant, Texas.

Pallbearers are, Lisa Snitker, David Abernathy, Donnie Abernathy, Scott Abernathy, Angie Abernathy-Ierbeck and Charlie Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online at www.Donate.Cancer.Org or mail to: Conquer Cancer Foundation, PO Box 896076, Charlotte, NC 28289-6076. Include, in Memory of Linda Abernathy.


  • Wilfred Mahurin, Father
  • Cleta Mae Mahurin, Mother
  • Jerry Abernathy, Husband
  • Lisa Snitker, Daughter
  • Stacy Harper, Daughter
  • Daniel Snitker, Son
  • David Abernathy, Son
  • Pam Abernathy, Daughter-in-law
  • Donnie Abernathy, Son
  • Scott Abernathy, Son
  • Angie Ierbeck, Daughter
  • Gracy Thompson, Grandchild
  • Dalton Harper, Grandchild
  • Zach Harper, Grandchild
  • Laverne Mahurin, Brother
  • Dean Mahurin, Brother
  • Judy Blakely, Sister
  • Don Blakely, Brother-in-law
  • Five step children and several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

  • Lisa Snitker, Active Pallbearer
  • David Abernathy, Active Pallbearer
  • Donnie Abernathy, Active Pallbearer
  • Scott Abernathy, Active Pallbearer
  • Angie Aberthany-Ierbeck, Active Pallbearer
  • Charlie Johnson, Active Pallbearer

  • American Cancer Society
  • Conquer Cancer Foundation


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 27, 2018

Linda Elaine Abernathy

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Lisa Snitker

January 17, 2019

When I was 24, I was burned quite badly from a defective gas oven... My arms, neck and face got the worst burns and half of my hair was gone, I was a mess. Mom drove 5 hours to where I was living and took care of me for days. She also took me to a hair dresser to get my hair cut. I will never forget her loving kindness towards me.

Lisa Snitker

January 16, 2019

Mom and I had such a hard time for several years during my high school years and early 20's... we barely spoke. I was so hurt when I believed she did not come to my high school graduation, it was a hurt that I carried in my heart for years... until after her funeral. As I was packing up her precious things to take them home with me, I came across a Georgetown High School graduation program, 1989. The program was given out at my graduation! She HAD been there. She had told me she was there, but I didn't believe her because I did not see her. What a wonderful feeling of peace came over me.

Lisa Snitker

January 16, 2019

Mom always had a pocket calculator in her purse so she could add up her groceries before she got to the cashier. I asked her once why she did that and she said that would be 'mortified' if she didn't have enough money at the register.

Lisa Snitker

January 4, 2019

The first time mom saw Gracy, her first granddaughter, she was sleeping in little blue winter pajamas with white feet. Mom looked down at her and picked her up and held her close and told me, "You know, she would not be here if it weren't for me"

Lisa Snitker

January 4, 2019

It was August, 1977 and I was 6 years old... I came down the stairs from my bedroom into the kitchen and saw my mom crying at the kitchen table listening to her radio. Immediately I started to cry because it was so sad to see mom cry. I asked her why she was so sad and she told me, "Elvis died!" in disbelief. We sat there together and cried.

Lisa Snitker

January 4, 2019

When mom came in to wake me up in the morning for school, she would always gently rub my feet until I woke up. This was a lovely way to wake up and start your day.