Big Country “Hat Lady” Passes Away from Heat Exhaustion


BRECKENRIDGE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A Big Country woman known for her kind heart and colorful hats has passed away from heat exhaustion.

A Justice of the Peace in Stephens County says Elizabeth Owens, known to many as “The Hat Lady”, was found deceased inside her RV in Breckenridge on Sunday.

Her RV had no air-conditioning, according to the JP, who says heat exhaustion is the official cause of death. She was discovered when a few of her loved ones went to check on her after not hearing from her for three days.

Owens hand-crafted hats for cancer patients, orphans, the wives of wounded warriors, and many more.

She sent her hats as far away as Mexico and was featured on KTAB news in 2015 after setting the goal to make 1,000 hats by Christmas.

Owens survived a near-fatal crash several years ago, and she told KTAB that’s what inspired her to give back to everyone she could.

She also told KTAB she had an even bigger goal set for Christmas of 2016 and that she planned on spreading joy through her hats for at least the next 15 years.  

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