Colya Bernice


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Colya Bernice Carrell

May 24 1916 - Jun 09 2004

Mrs. Coyla Bernice Maynard Carrell (88) devoted mother and grandmother was gathered into the arms of her Lord and Savior on June 9, 2004. She was born May 24, 1916, to Gertrude Elizabeth Allison and Clarence Maynard, but raised by Gertrude and Chris Lafollette. She is survived by her daughters, Tonye Faye Darland of McKinney, Carol Sue Hale and son-in-law, Patrick Hale of Plano; sister, Estalena Sullivan of Princeton; step-sisters, Venita Apple of Dallas and Ethel Allen of McKinney; six grandchildren, Cassie Ferrell, Christy Bradford, Jennifer Jones, Kelly Ferraro, Karl Anderson, Roger Robbins; two step-grand children, Caitlin Hale, and Anna Darland; five great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Odis Carrell; parents, Gertrude and Chris Lafollette; sister Beatrice Burke; brother, Avery Lafollette; son, James Andrew Carrell; daughters, Dottie Kay Jones, Beverly Ann Carrell, Roxann Carrell; and grandson, Bobby Joe Creech. She was 88 years of age. The decades she had lived through and the events she has seen could write a novel. From riding her horse to school, to becoming a teenager during the late twenties, surviving the depression, and getting married to John Odis in the year of 1934. She has children from the thirties to the fifties and was the proud mother of a total of six children. Lived on a farm with her husband between Frisco and McKinney on farm road 720 for around 40 years. June 1, 2004 she would have been married 70 years. She was a housewife till about 1959. Then she went to work at the old Collin County Hospital working in the kitchen. She worked in nursing homes in the laundry, snack bar at the bowling alley. She worked in the Colonial Manor nursing home for 35 cents an hour on Louisiana Street in McKinney. From 1966 to about 1970 she went to work at TI (Texas Instruments) in the cafeteria. From there she went to work in Richardson School District at JJ Pearce and then Berkner, still in the cafeteria for ten years. Every job she had was always cooking and cleaning. After she retired from the schools she did a lot of volunteer work from working with the RSVP of mailing out letters and helping serve the commodities of cheese that were given out to low income families. She called Bingo for the University Nursing Home for ten years. I think all the volunteering work she did is what kept her going and go she did, and any event she went to she was always an hour early. She was an active member of Waddill Street Baptist Church until she became too ill to go anymore. Her church work was really important to her. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, June 13, 2004, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Rev. Joe Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Williams Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Saturday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Community Credit Union in McKinney; C/O Bernice Carrell.
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