MaryLu R. Hainey died Feb. 4 at Council Grove Diversicare. She passed away peacefully in her sleep.
MaryLu Rachel Hainey, wife of the late Eldon Hainey, was the daughter and only child of Robert L. and Mary L. Crawford. She was born in Burlington, Kansas on March 7, 1929. MaryLu grew up on a farm and she helped with many chores as she got older and also worked with various farm animals. She had a fondness for horses and her favorite was her horse, Trixie, a 4th generation descendant of the famous quarter horse Man o’ War. She spent virtually every waking moment with this horse; teaching her tricks and racing her at fair events at Kelly Park in Burlington.
Several years later, MaryLu acquired a rather unique little horse that she named Lady. It was a horse she once rode in the local Flint Hills Rodeo parade accompanied by her granddaughter, Amy Magathan. This horse was very spoiled!
In 1948, MaryLu Crawford was voted homecoming queen for the Burlington High School Wildcats football season. This ceremony was recreated in 2014 by his sons and daughters-in-law, with a photo taken of MaryLu at the 40-yard line holding a bouquet of white mums and wearing the gold football necklace that belonged to her father. This necklace was awarded to him and each of his teammates in 1921 for a record 3 years of unbeaten seasons.
During her early years in Burlington, MaryLu had the opportunity to see two very well-known people in her life; Robert Wadlow and Sister Elizabeth Kenny from Australia. Wadlow was known to be the tallest living person in the world at the time and Kenny was well known for his treatment of polio victims. MaryLu spoke quite often about these two occasions.
MaryLu was one of the founders of the Chase County Artist’s Guild whose landscaping scenes she painted in watercolor. A number of them have been passed on to family members.
She also served as the local Cottonwood Falls postmaster, starting as a clerk in February 1966 and retiring as postmaster in March 1988 with just over twenty-two years of service. She was very proud of her post office duties.
MaryLu also had a love for outdoor landscaping and flower gardening, the talents of which showed in the five residences she and Eldon owned and lived here in Cottonwood Falls. They were twice awarded Lawn of the Season honors at two of those residences by the local Women’s Rainbow Garden Club.
MaryLu was predeceased by her parents; husband, Eldon; and her daughter, Merlea Hainey Magathan. She is survived by her sons, Roland (Nancy) Hainey of Cottonwood Falls and Gordon (Brenda) Hainey of Mayetta. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Cremation took place with a private family service to be held at a later date at the Elmdale Stoehr GAR Cemetery in West Elmdale. Memorial donations may be made to the Rainbow Garden Club, care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.