Winnie Mae Trimble Sauer, 95, of Eldorado, passed from this life on November 21, 2013. Winnie Mae was born on November 27, 1917, in Menard County, TX. She was the third of ten children of Reason Seth Trimble and Alien Mae Mogford Trimble. Winnie Mae began her formal education in the Ellis Community School in Menard County, then received her high school diploma from Sonora High School in Sonora, Texas. From there, she went to San Angelo College for an Associate in Arts Degree.
It was in San Angelo that Winnie Mae met and shared a room with Cora and Rosa Sauer, who introduced her to their brother and her future husband, Clemens Frank Sauer. Clemens and Winnie were married on September 25, 1939 in Ingram, Texas. They lived in Kerrville, where their first daughter Christabel was born, until 1943, when they moved to the Reynolds Community in western Schleicher County. There they built the home where they raised their family and lived the remainder of their 65-year marriage and of both their lives.
Winnie was a member of the West Side Church of Christ. She served as a partner to Clemens in building the family farm and raising their four daughters. She was a reliable source of support for many members of her extended family over the course of her life. She unfailingly challenged and comforted her girls, making sure they knew she had confidence that they could succeed at any endeavor. She lived a life of sacrifice to serve her family, aided by a wry sense of humor that never failed her in the most challenging of times.
Winnie had a great love of gardening and helped to feed the family through canning and freezing fruit and vegetables. She planted many different kinds of fruit trees, but her largest legacy in planting is the orchard of two dozen stately pecan trees that still surround the family home. She was an expert marksman from childhood and dispatched all manner of predators who threatened her pecan trees or chickens.
She spent many hours studying the plant and animal life of the area, with a special interest in grafting trees, feeding and photographing the wide variety of hummingbirds that visited her home, as well as the Monarch butterflies that found her flowers and pecan trees to be a great place to rest. She also had an interest in family history, and researched her roots using public libraries as well as materials retrieved from public records across Texas – this all before the age of personal computers and the Internet.
Winnie Mae is survived by her brothers Van Trimble of Menard, Earl Trimble and his wife Anna Boynton Trimble of Ft. McKavett, and Carol Trimble and his wife Carolyn Farris Trimble of Junction; four daughters: daughter Christabel Sauer Hutson and her husband Lawrence L. (Rock) Hutson of Sugar Land, TX; grandson Rick Hutson, wife Penny Whittingon Hutson, and great grandson Nicholas Hutson of Youngsville, Louisiana; granddaughter Abby Hutson Phillips, and great-grandchildren Gabrielle Phillips, Jacob Phillips, Brianna Phillips, and Grace Phillips of Sandy, UT; daughter Linda Sauer Fisher of Eldorado, daughter Nan Sauer Mitchell and her husband Ronald Hall Mitchell of Longview, TX; daughter Phyllis Sauer of Eldorado; and too many nieces and nephews to list.
Winnie Mae was preceded in death by her husband and life partner of 65 years, Clemen Sauer, her parents Reason Seth Trimble and Alien Mogford Trimble, brothers Roy Trimble, Marion Trimble, Raymond Trimble, and Philip Trimble; and sisters Fay Trimble Patton and Effie Trimble Neel.