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Marie Driskell

Marie Driskell frontMarie Driskell, age 86, of Lovelady passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Palestine Regional Medical Center. She was born July 6, 1934 in Lovelady to parents, Claude Wesley Blakeley and Helen Marie Jackson Blakeley. Marie worked at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for many years and was the original founder of the Lovelady Assembly of God along with her husband, James “Mike” Driskell. She was a soldier for Christ.

Marie is survived by her sons, Jimmy Driskell and wife, Diane of Lovelady, Larry Driskell and wife, Vivian of Baytown; daughter, Judy Lilley and husband Johnney of Lovelady; grandchildren, Tara Slatter and husband, Adam of Lovelady, Robert Driskell of Huntsville, Larry Driskell, Jr. of Santa Fe, Tommy Driskell of Santa Fe. Vanessa Jones and husband, Matt of Dickinson, Jonathan Lilley and wife, LeeAnne of Mabank, Melissa Sims and husband, James of Lovelady, Sherry Sheppard and husband, Nathan of Huntsville; great-grandchildren, Antonia “Toni” Slatter, Corbin Slatter, Kane Driskell, Kase Driskell, Riley, Ava and Vada Jones, Nathan Hyde, Noah Sheppard, Nashton Sheppard, Madison Lilley Purselley and husband, Gabrielle, Makena Lilley, Jimmie Rae Sims, Leela Sims, Natalie Sims, Lacey Sims, Kayla Sims, James Robert Sims, II, Marshall Sims; sisters, Ruby Sexton of  Lovelady, Carolyn Level and husband, John of Florida; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving relatives. She was preceded in death by husband, James Wyatt “Mike” Driskell; parents, Claude and Helen Blakeley; sisters, Louise Speaker, Anna Ruth McKenzie; brothers, Coy Blakeley and James Blakeley; great-grandson, Michael Wyatt Sims.

Graveside services for Marie Driskell will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery with Rev. Jonathan Lilley officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. prior to service.

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