Wendy Lynn Hines, age 59, of Odessa, TX, was called home to her loving Lord and Savior on April 19th, in Odessa.
Born October 8, 1957 to Ray Eldon Braswell and Jackie (McClellan) Braswell in Monahans, Tx, Wendy dedicated her life as an educator to the community. Her commitment to continuing education will be remembered as her legacy and her influence will remain evident into the future for Odessa and its residents.
Wendy attended Odessa High School where she practiced and tutored majorette’s dance. After graduating fifth in her class in 1976, Wendy married the love of her life, Larry Hines, on May 20, 1977 and raised two children, Brandy and Larry Jr. She attended both Odessa College and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, receiving her degree as an educator. August of 1979 marked the beginning of her accomplished and distinguished career, touching so many of our lives. She started her career as a 2nd grade teacher at Goliad Elementary, moving to Cameron Elementary in 1983. Earning her Master's Degree in Educational Administration from UTPB in 1985 and becoming a teacher appraiser in 1987, her role became more administrative. In 1990 she became the program director for Zavala Magnet Elementary School, and moved on to become the principal at both San Jacinto Elementary School in 1993 and Cameron Elementary School in 1999. Under her guidance, Cameron Elementary School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School, highlighting her dedication to exceptional and outstanding education for the children of our community. Becoming the Executive Director of Elementary Operations and ultimately the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools in 2006, Wendy's 38 years of achievements as an educator with ECISD will be recognized as she is awarded the Superintendent's Extra Mile Award, accenting an exemplary commitment to the community.
Wendy is preceded in death by her grandson, Christopher Cosby.
She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Larry Hines; parents, Ray and Jackie Braswell; son, Larry Hines Jr. and wife Virginia; daughter Brandy Ham and husband Jeremy; grandchildren Serenity Ferguson, Emma Ferguson, Blake Ham, and Bailey Ham; sister, Virginia Abbott and husband Danny; brothers, Robert Braswell and wife Karen, and Ray Braswell Jr. and wife Cydney.
Please join Wendy's family and friends for visitation between 6 and 8pm Friday, April 28, 2017, and in remembrance and services at 10am, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Arrangements, visitation and services have been entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. Please express condolences and sign Wendy's guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com. The family asks that, in memoriam, donations be made to the Odessa College Foundation Wendy Hines Aspiring Educator Scholarship Fund.
Sending condolences to the family, I thought so much of Wendy when we were children. I hadn't seen her in 20 years, but I always had fond memories of the holidays at Uncle Ray & Aunt Jackies. Our p
rayers are with you, may Jesus comfort you all.
Billy Mcanally Jr & wife DesireeMonahans, TX
I will always remember you sweet Wendy for you are a part of my childhood memories. Rest easy in the arms of Jesus my dear cousin.
Cindy McAnally McCallMonahans, TX
Wendy was a great sport. She always came through for us playing with the plastic bat and ball in West Odessa. We pray the grace and peace of God cover your entire family during this new season.
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Lee & Paila NicholsRosenberg, TX
May the peace of The Lord carry you through this difficult season. She will be greatly missed.
We played some great games with the plastic ball & bat in West Odessa and Wendy would always come through.
Lee & Paula NicholsRosenberg, TX
Wendy dedicated her whole life to education. Our prayers go out to her soul and may she be forever in our heart.
J W BowenOdessa, TX
My prayers are with your family. Wendy was a true friend and asset to ECISD. She will be greatly missed.
Deborah JohnsonOdessa, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I met Wendy at Reagan Elementary when Larry and Brad were in school together. Wendy always had a smile and was so nice to everyone. We are sorry for your loss--may you find comfort in knowing she is well again.
Sally HollowayOdessa, TX
What an inspiration you were too all. Accepting and taking in my daughter Shelley. You will be missed. RIP
Judy StokesAlpine, TX
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss..... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Grace (Olivas) PerezMidland, TX
Mrs Hines! You were an inspiration and example! Thank you for making a difference and you will be missed!!!
Donna O'BryantOdessa, TX