|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1908|
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 2013|
Mary Elsie Cole
July 10, 1908 - December 13, 2013
Elsie Cole passed away Friday December 13.
The youngest of seven children of William F. and Lillie Richey Cone, Elsie was born in Milam County, Texas in 1908. At the age of 4, from the canvas coved wagon driven by her mother, Elise first saw the homestead her father had claimed in the new state of New Mexico. Transportation to her country school on the high plains of Eastern New Mexico was provided by her horse. Moving to Tatum to graduate, Elsie played high school basketball when the women's court was divided into three sections. Before Carlsbad Caverns had a trail or elevator Elsie went down to its entrance in a bucket. As a child she played under her mother's quilting frame and was still quilting with the Highland Baptist Red Hat Quilters until she was 99. Elsie attended college at New Mexico Normal.
While she was working as a secretary in Midland, Texas, she met and soon married William Burnett Cole in 1930. They lived in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 1936 the family moved back to Tatum, where she lived until 1946 and then to Lubbock for the rest of her life.
In the 30s and 40's Elise labored with her husband running several small stores and worked many years for the Lubbock School District before retiring as the cafeteria manager of Lou Stubbs Elementary at the age of 65. Growing up on the farm, Elsie developed many skills. This was amazingly demonstrated when she designed and built the house she lived in from 1961 until 2008. Elsie always loved the mountains with the trees and rivers which were absent on the high plains. At age 71 Elsie decided she wanted to go backpacking with her family. For several years she carried her pack through mountains of New Mexico and the Colorado Rockies. Not to be left out of any adventures, she continued to enjoy car camping with the family. Her last camping trip was near Durango, Colorado when she was 99.
A lifelong devout Christian Elsie became a charter member of Highland Baptist Church. She was a Sunday school teacher there for over 55 years. She was an inspiration for so many others over the years as she visited and helped the elderly and the ill members of her classes. Bible reading and prayer were a part of her daily routine. Reading was her passion. For many years she read each night to her two young sons. In addition to the Bible she read many of the classics such as Huckleberry Finn and even Pilgrims Progress. One of her last positions in the church was as assistant librarian. She was fortunate enough to have traveled with her church group to much of America. From the redwood forest to New York City and even to the Florida Keys she enjoyed the company of Highland's 3Rs. Elsie was much loved by her family, her friends and the members of her church. Physically, emotionally and spirituality she was strong and inspiring to us all.
Her husband, William Burnett, preceded her in death in 1978.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Beverly, Bob and Marie, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and her surrogate daughter and closest friend of 65 years, Else Munoz.
A viewing will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home, Friday, December 20th from 5:30 to 7 PM Friday. The service will be at Highland Baptist Church, Saturday, December 21st at 2:00p
(Published by Resthaven Funeral Home, December 14, 2013)
William Burnett Cole (1895 - 1978)
Resthaven Memorial Park
Plot: R-4-1 and 2
Created by: Edith Guynes Stanley
Record added: Dec 14, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 121737847