Ottice Sullivan Elms LUBBOCK-Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Ottice Elms, 83, of Lubbock this evening, April 5, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Southcrest Baptist Church with burial at 4:30 p.m. in Littlefield Memorial Park. Our beloved Ottice went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Ottice was born on Nov. 1, 1929, to the late Leonard and Laura (Petigo) Sullivan in Wheeler County. She graduated from Littlefield High School in 1947 and moved to Abilene, where she attended Hardin-Simmons University and graduated from nursing school at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. She met and married the love of her life, Lonnie Dean Elms, on Sept. 18, 1955, in Littlefield. Ottice worked as a registered nurse for 45 years, retiring from Lamb County Medical Center. She moved to Lubbock from Littlefield in 2000 and was an active member of Southcrest Baptist Church. Ottice enjoyed reading, playing cards and traveling. She was also a wonderful cook. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Dean Elms, on May 5, 1998, and two sisters, Dorothy Kizziar and Pauline Johnson. Survivors include two sons, Kip Elms and wife Johnna of Canyon, and Eddie Elms and wife Lynn of Gilmer; four grandchildren, Meredith Elms, Mallory Elms and Macy Elms, all of Gilmer, and Evan Elms of Canyon; two brothers, Charles Allen and wife Virginia of Amarillo, and Max Allen and wife Bobby of Lubbock; three sisters, Ruth Leonard and husband Doe of Littlefield, Toni Hendricks of Lubbock, and Sue Hukill and husband Waylon of Winters; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials are suggested to the Southcrest Baptist Church Helping Hands Ministry, 3801 S. Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79423, or The Gideons International, www.gideons.org. To send your condolences and view tribute visit www.memorialdesigners.net.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Apr. 5, 2013