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Ethel Goolsby

April 30, 1920 — June 17, 2019

Ethel Goolsby

Ethel Winstead Goolsby, longtime resident of Wortham passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on June 17, 2019 at the age of 99.

Ethel was born at home in Streetman, Texas on April 30, 1920 to Myra and Tyree Winstead. She married James R. Goolsby in Corsicana, Texas on December 10, 1943 and they were blessed with six children. In addition to being a wife and mother, she enjoyed a successful cosmetology business for 48 years in Wortham. She was actively involved in the Wortham Independent School District for many years. Ethel was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mexia where she received the Bishop's Lumen Gentium Award for stewardship, leadership and as an extraordinary role model for the parish. She enjoyed helping others by volunteering at Caritas and serving in the Altar Guild. Ethel also enjoyed travelling with family and friends from Alaska to the Florida Keys and internationally.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Myra and Tyree Winstead, husband, James Goolsby, sister, Sarah Zoda, brother, Jerome Winstead and grandson, Jim Rodgers.

Ethel is survived by her six children, Claudia Stitle and husband, Dick of Aledo, Judy Bowen and husband, Martin of Ft. Worth, Dian Frederick of Wortham, Randy Goolsby and wife, Kathy of Wortham, David Goolsby and wife, Jayleene of Aledo and Paul Goolsby and wife, Annette of Fairfield, sister, Mary Howell of Blooming Grove, 20 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home followed by recitation of the Holy Rosary. A requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mexia with Father Justin Nguyen officiating. Interment will follow in the Wortham Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Devoted to her church, contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund, 607 N. Bonham, Mexia, TX 76667.

Service Details.


When: Thursday, June 20th, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home
Address: 605 S. McKinney St MEXIA, TX 76667


When: Friday, June 21st, 2019 10:30am
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church
Address: 607 N. Bonham MEXIA, TX 76667


Location: Wortham Cemetery
Address: North Highway 14 WORTHAM, TX 76693

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