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Ethel Pearl (Holland) Bostick

August 14, 1941 ~ August 31, 2017 (age 76)

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September 4, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Welch Funeral Home

Funeral Service
September 5, 2017

2:00 PM
Welch Funeral Home Chapel

Ethel Pearl Holland Bostick was born August 14, 1941 in Panola County. She passed away on August 31, 2017 from complications of COPD.

She attended several public schools until 10th grade, when she left school to marry the love of her life, Elgie Ray Bostick. Ethel, or Pearlie, as she was known to most people, later earned her GED and took classes at Kilgore College.

Pearlie was a good cook and will be especially remembered for her dressing and gravy, fresh apple cake and “black and serve” rolls. When Pearlie left the house, she was always dressed immaculately, and if she was at home, she was in her pajamas.  Pearlie always had room for one more knick-knack, especially if it was antique, and the more flowery, the better. She was the life of the party and kept us all laughing.

During her working days, she volunteered at the Social Security office and the library, and was employed by Oliver’s Shoes, Jack’s Shoes and Longview Public Library.  After her retirement from the city, she mentored a student and volunteered as an usher at the Belcher Center as an usher. She loved participating in water aerobics, bingo at Green Street Recreational Center and British murder mysteries.

She loved red geraniums, magnolia blossoms and foot rubs from her adoring husband. Pearl never gave up, even when her health made it hard for her to continue.  It was her love of family that kept her going. She loved without regard for who you were or what you had done.  And if she loved you, you knew it.  She loved out loud.

Pearlie is preceded in death by her mother, Ella John Holland; father, Odell Freeman Holland; and son, Franklin Odell Bostick. 

She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Elgie Ray Bostick, Sr. and their beloved dog, Lucy; Daughter, Toni Bostick Fiero and husband, Daniel G. Fiero of Leander, Texas; Son, Elgie Ray Bostick, Jr. (Bubba) and wife Cindy Hallonquist Bostick of Pittsburg, Texas; grandchildren, Robin Elizabeth Kilhullen and husband Luke Kilhullen of Kempner, Texas; Daniel Keegan Fiero and life partner Amanda Jade Then of Leander, Texas; Zachary Paul Kenna and wife Dr. Amanda Smith Kenna of Denton, Texas; Sadie Elizabeth Arnett and husband Reese Arnett of Mt. Vernon, Texas; Tessie Luann Bostick of Longview, Texas; and one great grandson, Daniel Carter Volle of Kempner, Texas and Dylan McDowell of Daingerfield, Texas, who was like a fourth child to her.   Also surviving are Ethel’s brother, John Freeman Holland and wife Betty Holland of Hallsville, Texas; sisters, Kathy Ann Holland of Gladewater, Texas and Dovie Jean Lembke of White Oak, Texas.  Other survivors include aunts, sisters and brothers-in-law, and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday, September 4, 6 to 8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home on Judson Road. The funeral will be Tuesday, September 5 at 2 p.m. at the same location. Officiating will be Pastor Ron Witcher of Heartland Baptist Church where Pearl was a member, and where there will be a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to Green Street Recreational Center. All are invited to wear a hat with a great big flower on it to honor Pearlie’s fabulous sense of style.

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