Lydia R. Ellison

Lydia R. Ellison, of Austin, TX, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, October 6, 2012. She was born on December 11, 1931, in Bowie, TX, to William & Annie Hoeldtke. Lydia grew up in Bowie and graduated in 1949, as the valedictorian of her class. She met the love of her life, Bill Ellison, whom she married on September 15, 1951, in Bowie. Bill and Lydia traveled extensively all over the world. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, before Bill passed away this past June. Now they are together again in Eternity. She was a skilled tennis and bridge player and her passion was cooking for her family. She enjoyed spoiling her eight grandchildren, gardening, and volunteering at the church. During her life she taught Sunday school for over fifty years. She loved teaching the Old Testament. She also served as an Elder and Deacon for the Presbyterian Church. Lydia and Bill moved to Austin from Midland, in 2003, to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Lydia is survived by her son, Larry Ellison and his wife, Karen of Houston; daughters, Joan Ellison Jackson and her husband, Darren of Austin; Amy Ellison Dupont of Houston; and Beth Ellison Mendoza and her husband, Rick of Wimberley; grandchildren, Katie, Ashley, and Justin Ellison; Lindsey, Stacey, and Dylan Bunch; and Kathryn and Quinton Mendoza; and numerous other loving family members and friends. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at The Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 5226 W. William Cannon Dr., Austin, Texas 78749. The family would like to recognize the compassionate, loving care from the nurses and staff at St. David's South Austin Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, P.O. Box 140888, Austin, TX 78714-9981; Shepherd of the Hills Endowment Fund, 5226 W. William Cannon Dr., Austin, TX 78749; or Nation Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P. O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80501.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Oct. 10, 2012