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Mary Joe McCollum Bishop, 80, passed away July 12, 2004, from complications
due to cancer.
Born and raised in Houston, Joe, as everyone called her, attended Sam
Houston State University, where she met her husband of 60 years Jim Bishop
She is survived by Jim, their three children, Jim Bishop Jr., Candi Harrison
and Dainty Lewis, their grandchildren, Tech Sergeant USAF Jeff Bishop, Josh
Bishop, Remmic and Heaven Lewis, Trey and Jordan Harrison and Elizabeth
Harrison Cooper. She also has two great-grandchildren, Emma and Allison
Joe and Jim Bishop raised their family in Houston where their home was
always open to friends and family. Joe was very active in many volunteer
organizations. In 1977, she and Jim moved to Bellville, where she became
just as active in the community, as an organizing charter member for the
Bluebonnet Society as well as the Bellville Historical Society. For 20
years, Joe owned the well known Bellville antique shop, ³A Special Place.²
Her hobbies included gardening, quilting and baking.
Joe attended church and faithfully allowed God to guide her way through
life. She embodied a surprising sense of humor that always kept her family
and friends laughing. She adored her family and told them every day how much
she loved them.  In fact, ³I love you² were the last words she offered to us
all. May she rest in peace.
We would like to express a special thanks to Dana Sossaman, her Hospice
nurse, our deepest gratitude to her longterm caregiver, Genevieve Dartez,
and thanks to Elsie Journet and Hazel and Debra Cormier.
Joeıs service was at the Bellville United Methodist Church and her burial
was at Pilgrimıs Rest Cemetery on July 16, 2004.
Family requests any contributions may be made to the Austin County Unit of
the American Cancer Society (P.O. Box 501, Bellville, Texas 77418) or
Houston Hospice (8811 Gaylord, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77024).
Posted by Joy Neely


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