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Bernice Easterly LaRue

Bernice Easterly LaRue fixedBernice Easterly LaRue, age 93, of Crockett, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020 at the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.  Bernice was born July 9, 1927 in Houston County to parents, Oscar Wiley Corbitt and Addie Lee Bartee Corbitt.  She was a graduate of Latexo High School and always enjoyed attending every reunion.  Bernice attended business college then was hired by Ma Bell Telephone Company in Houston.  After returning to Crockett, she worked for the School Tax Office then completed her working career as business manager for the Crockett Clinic retiring after many years.  Much later in life, Bernice took piano lessons from Wilma Foote being her oldest student.  She loved playing games, never wanting to lose, always wanted to win even when teaching and playing with her children and grandchildren. She played in several Bridge Clubs over the years, was an avid traveler, and absolutely never met a strange always coming back from a cruise with new friends which she stayed in touch. She was a  member of the First United Methodist Church  being involved in the Della Gussie Easterly Circle for many years.

Bernice is survived by husband of 5 years, John H. LaRue of Crockett; children, Linda Lee Easterly of Tomball, James Morris Easterly and wife, Stacy of Crockett, Martha Dee Easterly of Houston; grandchildren, Jennifer Schuelke of Baton Rouge, LA, Amy Elizabeth Keene and husband, Jason of Cypress, Bryan James Easterly and wife, Melissa of Cypress, Michele Easterly of Austin; great-grandchildren, Emma Kate and Jackson Chase Easterly of Cypress, Caroline Elizabeth and Wyatt Thomas Keene of Cypress; brother-in-law, Sonny Simons of Houston; nephews, Rusty Simons of Houston, Jimmy Easterly and wife, Terri of Bryan, Jerry Easterly and wife, Nancy of Houston.  She was preceded in death by husband of 67 years, Morris “Boog” Easterly; parents, Oscar and Addie Corbitt; sister, Floyce Dean Simons; niece, Betty Simons Kahlden; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pete and Gussie Easterly; brother-in-law, Gerald Easterly.
Funeral services for Bernice Easterly LaRue will be held at 11:00 a.m, Monday, November 16, 2020 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating.   Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.
Family request memorials be made to Pleasant Grove Cemetery, 4117 Graceland Dr, Deer Park, TX 77536 or charity of choice.
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  1. Always with a smile, laughing and cutting up – that’s how I will always remember Bernice! I cherish my friendship with her daughters, and offer my prayers and sympathies to her three children and their families.

    Sherry Neill Kent

  2. I remember meeting “Bern” when I had just moved to Crockett. As a young woman, I was impressed with how she “ran the clinic” for all the doctors. She took those same talents to the First Methodist Church where she was one of the volunteer “church ladies” who was always there for any event. On a social level, she and Boog were so much fun to be around. They both will forever be a part of the generation we miss.

  3. Linda, Jamie & Martha Dee,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Ms. Bernice’s passing. What a fine lady and I know the matriarch of your family. So many fond memories of growing up together with you and the family. She and Mr. Boog were a first class act. She was a true Christian lady and had the biggest of hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I know she is dancing now on streets of gold with ol’ Boog. Thank God we have so many memories to carry forward with us as we heal. Be blessed. Take care.

  4. My heart felt and sincere condolences to the family. Ill never forget the kindness I always received from both Bernice and Boog. God doesn’t make people any better than Bernice and Boog.

  5. Miss Bernice had the sweetest smile. She was always friendly and kind. She will be missed by those who loved her. What a special lady.

  6. May I offer a really old memory of your Mother. Your grandparents Oscar and Addie were good friends of my grandparents John and Tressie Knox. When I was a young girl we would come to Crockett and stay with them at their house near the store in the park. I was probably 10 before I realized that they were really not my biological “aunt and uncle” but that is what I called them. Can’t recall for sure what the Bartee and Corbitt connection was but I think Oscar was related to my Aunt Pearl. I remember your Mom coming to the store/house and visiting with us. I saw her years later walking near my cabin at Spring Creek and we reminisced about those days long ago. She was a really sweet lady.

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