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Anna Bottoms Reinecker, 70, of Ellinger, Texas left us on Saturday, April 10, 2010. Anna was born in Houston on March 9, 1940 to the late James Earl and Sybil Gaston (Horn) Bottoms. 

Anna grew up in the small town of Apple Springs, outside of Groveton in East Texas.  She always had a story to share about growing up way back when. From picking cotton, running from yellow jackets, to chasing others around with dead snakes, she was full of life, love, and a little mischief. She met the love of her life, James William Reinecker, on a blind date in Houston in 1957. They were married in June of 1958. She and James settled in North Shore and had the first of two daughters, Janda in May of 1961. Eleven years later, in January of 1972, Jenna was born. 

Anna spent most of her early years as a homemaker along with babysitting grandchildren and neighborhood kids. She also worked in a small family-owned convenience store for some time. Never having met a stranger, Anna grew to be loved by many. In 1990, Anna went to work for Galena Park ISD as a custodian. In the nine years with GPISD, she made many friends and enjoyed her job, especially all the kids and teachers that got to know her so well. In 1999, Anna had a stroke that left her unable to speak clearly. Nonetheless, she learned to play a good game of charades to get her point across. That same year, James passed away in August. In 2001, Anna moved to Ellinger, Texas into her own home behind her daughter, Janda and husband Donnie. She spent the last several years enjoying country living again, complete with cows, open pastures, and grand sunsets. One of her favorite things to do was bid at the small town auctions. Most will remember her as the “quilt lady”. You couldn’t sit on her hand to keep her from bidding once she took the notion!

Anna, “Mom”, and “Mawmaw” was an inspiration to many people. Whether it was a letter, a poem, a hymn she’d sing while cooking dinner, or a casual conversation, once you knew Anna, you would never forget her or her signature Dr. Pepper that was never far away.

Anna is preceded in death by her husband, James and one brother. She leaves behind two daughters, Janda Fritsch and husband Donnie of Ellinger, Texas and Jenna McWhorter and husband Charlie of Kenefick, Texas; ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, four sisters, four brothers and numerous close nieces and nephews along with a host of friends and loved ones. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 12, 2010 from 4-7 p.m. at the Koenig & Strickland Fayetteville Chapel.  A prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. officiated by Pastor Ellis McKinzie.  

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville.

In lieu of flowers family has requested donations be made to Brazos Valley Hospice, Ellinger Volunteer Fire Dept., or a charity of choice.  

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home.  Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at


Posted by Joy Neely


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