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January 15, 1944-August 11,2019

Gracia Casey Wendland, 75, of Calvert, Texas died on August 11, 2019 at her home after a lengthy illness.

She was born in 1944 in Marlin, Texas, raised in Calvert, and graduated from Hearne High School in 1962.

She then moved to New Mexico and lived in the Sandia Mountains for a few years. There in New Mexico she attended the University of New Mexico. She was a horse show judge, horsemanship instructor, head of Albuquerque South Valley 4-H, and a lifelong journalist.

Moving back to Texas she spent more than 30 years as a journalist/reporter/ editor mostly for The Hearne Democrat. She described working there as working in a town she loved, with people she loved, and at a job she loved.

Her column “By Cajun” won state, national, and international awards, as did some of her investigative reports.

She was included in Western Riders of American Anthology in 1983. Her news items have been run in almost every major newspaper in the United States. She also published four books on the contemporary West.

As a founder of the Robertson County Homes tour she initially brought this special event to Calvert and promoted and did publicity for this for more than 20 years. One tour of homes in 1975 drew over 10,000 people.

Gracia had begun gathering Calvert history when she was just 11 years old and put this to work in her passions and pursuits in life.

She served as president of the Hearne Depot Foundation and the Hearne Depot Museum Board, both of which were instrumental in the restoration of the old Hearne railroad depot.

Her great love was always horses and she and her husband currently have four rescue horses.

She owned an antique shop in Calvert for almost 31 years as well as clothing shops at Manor East Mall and Post Oak Mall in Bryan/College Station.

She was also a partner in Calvert Theater Company as well as Texas Repertory Theater Company This two theater companies produced dinner theater Productions mostly for the Ramada and Rodeway Inns and these productions were in Bryan as well as in other nearby communities.

She is also a member of the Sneed Memorial Methodist Church in Calvert, Texas.

She is survived by her husband George Alfred Wendland of Calvert as well as by a daughter Casey Linda Unger- Elizardo and a son-in-law Edwardo Elizardo both of Paige Texas.

Additional relatives include brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mike and Tina Ely of Franklin, TX.

A memorial service will be held at Sneed Memorial Methodist Church in Calvert, TX. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10am.

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