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Pearl Louise McElfresh was born on April 13, 1923 in Kerrville, Texas the
daughter of James and Freddie (Dickson) Edwards.
On Aug. 11, 1950, Louise was united in marriage with Jesse Howard McElfresh
in Beeville. They made their home in numerous places while following the oil
exploration business in Texas, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado.
After Jesse retired in 1985, he and Louise moved to the Brenham area in
1987. They made their home in Hickory Creek outside of Bellville from 1990
through 1999. Louise moved to Houston in July of 2001 to live with her
daughter Robin.
A Methodist by faith, Louise raised three children. She also spent several
years as a secretary for various businesses. Louise was an active member of
the Bellville General Hospital Auxiliary while living in Austin County. She
enjoyed traveling, gardening and especially loved birds and animals.
She passed away Wednesday Feb. 18, 2004, in a Houston hospital at the age of
80. Louise is survived by her children; Bruce McElfresh and Robin McElfresh,
both of Houston, Douglas McElfresh of San Diego, California; other relatives
and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse
McElfresh and her parents.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday Feb. 28, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at the
Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville with the Rev. John Tyler
officiating. In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make
memorial gifts to the any of the following: Alzheimer's Research Fund, 11251
Northwest Fwy., Suite 300, Houston, TX 77092-9632; Bellville Hospital
Auxiliary, P.O. Box 977, Bellville, TX 77418; Houston S.P.C.A., 900 Portway
Dr., Houston, TX 77024; Matagorda County Birding Nature Center, P.O. Box
2212, Bay City, TX 77414.

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