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Terry Ruth Bodwell

April 8, 1950 February 5, 2019
Terry  Ruth Bodwell
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Obituary for Terry Ruth Bodwell

Terry Ruth Bodwell, age 68, of Houston, Texas entered into eternal peace on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in the comfort of the home of her daughter, Gemma Smith and daughter-in-law, Tana Corley. Terry was born April 8, 1950 in Joplin, Missouri to parents, Charles and Delilah DeBolt.  

When Terry was a small child, her parents moved to Independence, Kansas where Terry lived until she graduated high school. While in high school, she was very active in the marching band playing the flute. She graduated Independence Senior High School in 1968. Upon graduation, Terry enlisted in the Army. Terry was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Maryland during her enlistment in the Army. She was extremely proud of her time served in the military. Terry was a Christian; she remained committed to her Lord and her church homes, beginning with First Baptist Church in Independence, Kansas to the chapel at Brookdale Senior Living in Houston, Texas. Terry was a great cook and loved fixing meals for her friends and family. Everyone loved her fried chicken, potato salad and Thanksgiving dressing, not necessarily served at the same time. For years, Terry was an avid scrap booker spending time saving precious memories of her family. Terry’s love for her children and grandchildren is admirable. She was so very proud of her children’s accomplishments and loved each one uncondionally. Terry cared about and loved her family and friends with every ounce of her heart.  

Terry is survived by her daughters, Gemma Smith and daughter-in-law, Tana Corley, Christina Smith, and Kathleen Smith; son, R. Kenny Smith and daughter-in-law, Annalyn; grandchildren, Emma Lancaster, Cole Corley, Xavier and Alice Karcher, London Smith, Brennan Smith, Lillianna Johnson, Lilah Marie and Joylyn Smith; and great-granddaughter, Lucy Rose Lancaster; mother, Delilah June DeBolt; sisters, Bobby Wooten and husband, David; Jacque Fleming and husband, Raymond; Michaela Tuttle and husband, Greg; and brother, Charles “Chuck” DeBolt and wife, Tracy; cousin, Phyllis Wiles Flatterich and husband, Jerry; and several nieces and nephews. One of her nieces said it best, “Dear Aunt Tay - you lived by your own rules, had the most incredible sense of humor and are loved so very much.”  

Terry is preceded in death by husband and high school sweetheart, Udell Arthur Bodwell; father, Charles Robert DeBolt; grandparents, Charles “Pops” and Phyllis DeBolt, and Ray and June Lea; uncle and aunt, Sam and Lois Wiles; and her beloved nephew, Kyle Douglas Ekstrom.

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1:00 PM 2/21/2019 1:00:00 PM - 1:30 PM 2/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
Houston National Cemetery

10410 Veterans Memorial Dr
Houston, Texas 77038

Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Dr Houston 77038 Texas
United States

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Houston National Cemetery Final Resting Place

10410 Veterans Memorial Dr
Houston, Texas 77038

10410 Veterans Memorial Dr Houston 77038 Texas
United States

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