Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1946

Bernice Hatton Gildner MARY BERNICE HATTON GILDNER, 89, of Arlington TX passed away May 12, 2019, with interment in Moore Memorial Gardens at Arlington. Mary was born Nov. 16, 1929, in Ranger, TX, to Belton Ray Hatton & Rosa Edith Adams Hatton. She attended Bullock School near Ranger and Ranger High School in the Class of 1946. She married William Edward Gildner in Oct. of 1951 in Carmel, CA. An Arlington resident for 70 years, she was a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Arlington Woman's Club, Arlington Arts League, and Shady Valley Golf Country Club. She was a former president of the Woman's Golf Association and St. Maria Leisure Club; and co-founder and former president of Bailando Club. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, William Gildner; brothers, Dalton Hatton (RHS-1942) and Winfred Hatton (RHS- 1948); sister, Rozelle Hatton Sklenar (RHS-1960); & grandson, Eric Patrick Gildner. Survivors are son, Michael Ray Gildner; daughter, Lisa Anne Leito and husband, Gary Richard; sisters, Dorothy Hatton Godwin (RHS-1943), Peggy Hatton Lindsey (RHS-1951), Linda Hatton Young (RHS-1963) and Jenna Vee Hatton Miller (RHS- 1954); grandchildren, Michael Brenton Gildner, Kelsey Shae Gildner, William Chad Leito, Eryn Kayce Gildner, Jason Richard Leito and Patrick Ray Leito; and great-grandchildren, Aiden James Mears, Mia Isabelle Lomax and Aurora Quinn Lomax. HUSBAND: WILLIAM EDWARD GILDNER, 84, beloved husband, dad and granddad, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2012, with interment at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, TX. Bill was born April 8, 1928, in Bloomington, IL., to George & Mae Gildner. He was captain of both the football and basketball teams in high school but a later shoulder injury cut short those interests. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated from DePauw University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in economics. A uniform was next on his list! During Bill's Army service in the Korean War, he met Mary Bernice Hatton (RHS-1946) of Ranger, TX. They were married in Oct. of 1951, at Carmel, CA. Bill became a State Farm Insurance agent in Fort Worth in 1953. He established the first Arlington agency in 1955 and by 1961, he became the district agency manager for Tarrant County. His CLU financial degree and chartered consulting degree were among many honors he received in helping build State Farm SW key teams. His agency was one of the top agencies in the company in both production and profit. He retired in 1995. His dedication to his church, St. Maria Goretti, and Catholic Charities, at home and abroad, are well known. He could often be found on Sundays taking communion to those unable to attend Mass. He was a member of the Arlington DT Rotary Club for 32 years, Serra International, & was a past president of Catholic Charities in Fort Worth, the Great SW Assn. of Life Underwriters and Director of Arlington Savings & Loan. Bill & his wife built their home overlooking the Shady Valley Golf Club in Arlington and were active members of the club, also St. Maria Leisure Club, Bailando Dance Club and Arlington Arts League. "Grandad Bill" was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, George Gildner; and a grandson, Erik Gildner. Survivors were his wife of 60-plus years, Bernice; son, Michael Ray Gildner; daughter, Lisa Anne Leito & husband, Gary; Bill's sister, Rita Arnold of Milwaukee, WI; and six grandchildren, Brenton, Kelsey & Kayce Gildner and William Chad, Jason Richard and Patrick Ray Leito.