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Bonita Kelly Elliott passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 21, 2013. For the last 26 years she suffered from a rare lung disease, but 3 years ago it began taking its toll on her active lifestyle. Bonita was born August 14, 1932, in Wooster, Texas. She was the granddaughter of the pioneering Wooster family, "John L. Wooster and Jessie Margaret Brown," daughter of Frank Edward Kelly, Sr. and Ruth Wooster Kelly. She is survived by three daughters, Karen Adams and husband, Rex Adams, Charlotte Scott and husband, Dave Favor and Janice Zimmerman and husband, Philip; along with three grandchildren, Adam Scott, Lauren Adams, and Kristen Adams; one "honorary" granddaughter, Kelli Dickerson and one great granddaughter, Mackenzie Himsel-Scott. Preceding her in death are her husband, James C. Elliott and granddaughter, Jennifer Beard. Bonita married James C. Elliott, "Jimmy," in 1950. They built their home in Cedar Bayou following his two-year stint in Korea with the assistance of his dad, Sails Elliott, Conley Barrow, and Hilly Going. Bonita graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1949 and attended Lee College. She worked at Citizens Bank, Humble Oil and Refining Company, and St. Paul's UMC, from which she retired in March 1999 after 30 years of service. She volunteered at the Thrift Shop for over 6 years until her illness required her to retire. Bonita was a member of Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church for almost 60 years. She taught elementary Sunday school for many years and served as Church Librarian. She was a charter member of the Bayou Bells at CBGUMC. For years, a family tradition was to see "Gramma" perform at the Christmas Eve service. She also participated in the Prayer Ministry and Figurine Ministry of CBGUMC. Bonita loved flowers and enjoyed working in her yard. She quietly tended the flowerbeds at St. Paul's and CBGUMC for many years, unbeknownst to many. She was an "outdoor girl," and so missed gardening, when her illness required her to stay inside. Bonita was a loving, peaceful person who fully embraced The Golden Rule--do unto others as you would have them do unto you. She cared for her husband, Jimmy, in his last years. Also, she lovingly cared for several childless widow friends in need of assistance in their later years. She selflessly tended to their personal needs, ensured they made their doctor's visits, and saw that their affairs were in order. All who knew Bonita know of her kind and gentle spirit. Her three grandchildren were her greatest admirers. They are all very grateful for her unconditional love and support and the many lessons she so lovingly shared with them. She leaves them with so many wonderful memories. The family extends a warm "thank you" to all who assisted her in her journey. A special thanks to Hedy Bingham, Norman and Mary Ann Cobb, Diane Gillet, Jeanette Hardin, Carol Hollaway, Virginia Miller, Ella Rae Moorman, Gayle Standard, and everyone at Kurt's Kitchen who delivered her meals every Wednesday (and was always sure to include two desserts); special caregivers, Angela Diaz, Linda Grant, Rachel Haskins, and Doris Paton; Faith Community Hospice caregivers, Felicia Hawkins, Felicia Garza, Brittani Woods, Cynthia Dempsey, Tammie Johnson and Lisa Mason and friend Robert of Tallwood Medical Supply. In lieu of sending flowers, Bonita requested memorials to the Figurine Ministry at CBGUMC (2714 Ferry Road, Baytown, Texas, 77520), or the Baytown Historical Preservation Fund, (P.O. Box 1244, Baytown, TX 77522), for the care of the Wooster school house built by her grandfather and great grandfather. The fund also cares for the Brown House, which belonged to her second cousin, Walter Brown. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Marilynn Meeker-Williams of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Houston officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarcrest Cemetery. To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX 77521 (281) 422-8111.

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