In Memory

Grace Laura Tate Stockton (Ovalo Eagles) - Class Of 1930

Grace Laura Tate Stockton

March 28, 1911 - August 28, 2006

Thursday, August 31, 2006
LUBBOCK - Grace Laura Stockton, 95, died Tuesday, August 28, 2006, in a Lubbock nursing center. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2006, in First United Methodist Church in Tuscola with Reverend Bill Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Tuscola Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Grace was born March 28, 1911, to Bentley and Ollie Jo Claxton Tate. She married Hugh Harris Stockton May 8, 1932, in Abilene. The couple farmed for many years in the Tuscola area. She lived in Midland from 1977 to 2003, when she moved to Lubbock. A musician for 65 years and a Sunday school teacher, she played the piano and organ at Tuscola United Methodist Church and Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Midland. She was an artist, a seamstress, and a good cook, known for her "Grandmomma rolls" and her wedding cakes for people in her community. Most of all she was known as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, often showering her loved ones with things that she had made. Soft spoken and sweet, you always knew that you were loved. She will be missed.

Preceding her in death were her parents; six sisters; four brothers; and her husband June 23, 1977, after 45 years of marriage.

Survivors include one son, Jerry Don Stockton and wife Le Nora of Wolfforth; two daughters, Jo Ann Martin of Midland and Linda McMillan and husband Bobby of Tuscola; seven grandchildren, Kim Corbitt, Robbie O'Donnell and Terrie Hawkins all of Midland, Laura Phelps of Frisco, Scott Stockton of Wolfforth, Shanna Rice and Melinda Vinson both of Lubbock; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.