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Ethel Daigle Boone 1923-2019
Ethel Ruth Daigle Boone's light was extinguished on February 8, 2019. She was born in 1923 to Sidney and Norma Daigle in Lafayette, Louisiana. She moved to Kingsville with her family in 1967 when her husband, Allan, who was a Navy veteran, was transferred from Bermuda.
Ethel grew up during the depression which influenced her whole way of always living within her means. She didn't own a single credit card and believed in paying cash for all her purchases, including her cars. She was fiercely independent and lived alone in her home. To the dismay of many, she drove up until the age of 90. She loved shopping at the Naval Air Station's commissary, and because of her terrible sense of direction, once, upon entering the back gate of the NAS shortly after 911, forgot to take a right turn and ended up on the flight line. This little old lady was immediately surrounded by military police, who pointed her in the right direction and afterward had to put up a fence to keep this from happening again. Pulling weeds, picking up branches from her yard, as well as every single mesquite bean is what kept her in shape up until the very end. She loved her religion and going to church at St. Gertrude's Catholic Church and loved her lifelong friends. She always had a smile, never met a stranger and loved helping the less fortunate. She enjoyed receiving Meals On Wheels and eating at the Weavers of Love. Wherever she went, she had to be dressed up, have her hair done, and always wore a matching necklace and earring set.
She worked most of her life as a secretary and knew shorthand and bragged about her typing speed and excellent spelling. Writing beautiful letters to her friends was one of her favorite pastimes. She competed and won several senior citizen spelling bees. She worked as a civilian on several military bases before getting married including Ft Huachuca, Barksdale, Ft Polk, and Camp Zama in Japan. While in Kingsville, she was active in the Navy Relief Society, as well as St. Gertrude's Altar Society. She worked as a school secretary at St Martin's school, the Mental Health Department in the Kleberg County Courthouse basement, and later worked in the hospital lab with the pathologist. Her last job, in her seventies, was as a secretary to the university engineer at Texas A&I University.
She proudly grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and was the oldest of 7 siblings. She is preceded in death by her husband, Allan, of Sterling, Illinois, and by her brothers, all of Louisiana, Mark Earl, Sidney, Jr., Joe, and by her sisters, Beth Marks of Lafayette, and Helen Witcher, of San Antonio. She is survived by her sister Marie Romig of The Woodlands. She is also survived by her two children, Norma Boone of Bishop, TX, who was her caregiver, and Joseph (Akiko) Boone of New York City, and by her grandson, Leo Boone. She has numerous nieces and nephews in Louisiana, Texas, and Illinois.
The family wishes to thank her good friends who always helped her out, including John Smolik, Rosemary Belt, Margie Kalinec, and Christy Gonzalez. In addition, Selah Hospice was invaluable in the care they provided her in the last several months.
A rosary will be recited on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St Gertrude's Catholic with a Memorial Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Private Entombment will be held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later date.
Even though Ethel loved flowers, being the practical and frugal type that she was, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Gertrude's Catholic Church, Weaver's of Love Soup Kitchen, or the Meals on Wheels program.
Services entrusted to Turcotte Piper Mortuary Kingsville, TX.
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