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Subject: [OBITS] Sheftall, Alice Frances ,105
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 07:47:01 -0000
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Alice Frances Sheftall, after 105 wonderful years of life, Alice Frances Sheftall died peacefully at home on Thursday, June 12, 2008. Alice Frances Elliott Sheftall was born to Ella Boyd Bozeman Elliott and William Madison Elliott on May 12, 1903 at Rosebud, Texas. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution she traced her ancestry back to John Elliott who served under General George Washington in the War for Independence and was commissioned by Gen.Washington to forge an iron chain to keep the British from coming up the Delaware river. From Pennsylvania before the Revolution and from Georgia after the Revolution Alice Elliott's heritage was of the land and forests. Among her ancestors was her Mother's forerunner, one John Bozeman, a mountain man who discovered and named the Bozeman Trail and Bozeman Pass. Bozeman, Montana is named for him as well. After the War between the States and the decimation of Georgia by General Sherman's army, Alice's people came to Tex!
as to the Rosebud area. William Elliott, also of Georgia, came to Texas where he met and married Ella Bozeman. Of that union Alice was the seventh of eleven children. She was the last survivor of her generation. After a year at Simmons College, now Hardin Simmons University, she visited an older sister in Galveston and while there she met and married Dell Sheftall Sr. and said farewell to college! Married in 1923 at age 20, she delivered the first of their three children in 1924. They had 40 wonderful years together. Alice's husband, D. M. Sheftall, Sr. predeceased her in 1963. Alice loved to read her bible and play the piano. She did so every day until the last few years of her life. Whether it was playing piano for Sunday school or at home for family and friends there was always music in her home. Alice was a founding member of West University Baptist church, missing the first service, as her son was ill. Later she attended First Baptist with her daughter and son-in-law. !
Alice retired from the Houston Independent School District after 20 ye
ars of service. She was a member of the Junior League of Houston, an organizing member of James Hardage Lane Chapter I of the National Society of the D.A.R. and a member of Chapter BN P.E.O. for 53 years. Survivors are children, Dell M Shefall Jr. and wife Audrey Kelley Sheftall of Kerrville; Sarah Virginia Sheftall Lemmon and Katherine Sheftall Wright and husband Clymer of Houston. She was blessed with eight grandchildren, Dell Sheftall III and wife Gina of San Antonio; Kimberly Sheftall Curtis and husband Alan of Holidaysburg, PA; Bill Sheftall and wife Anna of Austin; Kelley Sheftall; Jim Lemmon; Ginabeth Lemmon Osgood; Valarie Lemmon Gelfan and husband Michael and Lisa Kay Baker. Her step-grandchildren include Cynthia Wright Gabriel; Clymer L. Wright III; and Linda Wright Tomasetti and her husband Dr. Barry Tomasetti. Alice was delighted to have lived to see and enjoy her great grand children as well as three great-great-grands. The great-grand children are Mary Claire C!
urtis; David Curtis; John-Michael Curtis; Elizabeth Sheftall; Allison Sheftall; Matt Sheftall; Tiffany Osgood Thomas and husband Lee; Carrie Osgood Millsap; Tracy Osgood; Keith Gelfand; Kevin Gelfand; SPC Christopher Wright; Laura Gabriel; Julia Gabriel; Barry Tomasetti Jr; Corey Tomasetti; Kerry Tomasetti. And finally, those enviable great-great grands are Lauren Elise Thomas, James Ethan Thomas and Haley Nicole Millsap. Alice was a gentle, kind and godly woman. She was truly amazing. She was admired by all who knew her and deeply loved by all her family. The family would like to thank her wonderful and devoted caregivers Barbara Anderson and Hilda Coronado for their devotion and care, and to Ann Holt her unfailing support who made sure Ms Alice had fresh roses everyday. And to the extraordinary care given to her the last six weeks by Vitas Hospice Care. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home 1200 West 34th Street,!
Houston 77092 on Monday, June 16, 2008. Funeral Services will be at 1
0:00 am Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at West University Baptist Church 6218 Auden, Houston, Texas 77005. Graveside services will be at Forest Park Lawndale.
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