In Memory

Joretta Jean Boozer Pogue (Tuscola Tigers) - Class Of 1947

Joretta Jean Boozer Pogue (Tuscola Tigers)

Joretta Jean Boozer Pogue

December 18, 1930 - September 14, 2013


Joretta Jean Boozer Pogue

December 18, 1930 - September 14, 2013


Joretta Jean Boozer Pogue, 82, passed from this life into the arms of Jesus Saturday night, September 14, 2013.

A graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, Abilene. Serving as pallbearers are Rick Cason, Joe Snow, David Morris, Phil Sims, Sid Saverance, and Allen Lamb. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, with Dr. Jeff Reid and Reverend Jack Ridlehoover officiating. The family will receive friends at a visitation 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Devoted to her faith, her family, and her friends, Joretta served as a Registered Nurse and was known for her passion in caring for her patients. She was born in Ovalo, Texas, December 18, 1930, to A.D. and Nell Boozer and was raised there, along with her three sisters and two brothers, where her father owned the local barbershop. After graduating from Jim Ned High School, Joretta went on to complete her nursing degree at Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Phoenix, Arizona. As a Head Nurse for Hendrick Hospital, a representative for the City Health Department, and later as a school nurse for AISD, she invested her whole heart in her profession.

In 1958, Joretta married James M. Pogue, and they made their home for fifty years at 318 Hawthorne, Abilene, Texas, where they raised their two children, Sarah and Jimmy. Together, Joretta and James built a strong and loving foundation that continues to bless our families. After joining Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in its founding year, she began a lifelong commitment of service and fellowship by teaching third grade Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and later her beloved Ladies Class, the Love Class. She was also part of a medical mission's team that travelled to Venezuela.

Joretta's life was centered around her daughter and son, and she was overjoyed to become a grandmother to her four grandchildren.

Joretta leaves behind a family blessed by her memory: her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Tom Beebe of Midland; her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Laura Pogue of Abilene; her grandchildren, Jamie, Tommy, Kathryn, and David; her sister, Su Swindle and her brother and sister-in-law, Van and Melba Boozer, all of Abilene; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Grateful for Joretta's legacy of faith and service, we rejoice that she is now forever in the presence of the Lord and reunited with loved ones she has missed for so long.

Memorials may be sent to Mission Chinle Fellowship at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 South Pioneer Drive, Abilene, Texas 79605.

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Published in Abilene Reporter-News from September 16 to September 17, 2013