Lola Vel Pruit, 91, of Brownwood passed away Monday, March 25, 2019, at a local nursing home.

“I was born on July 19, 1927, in Brownwood, not only the last child of William Trosse Pruit and Rosa Lee Wells, but the last of their bloodlines as well. After graduating Brownwood High in 1944, I worked five weeks at Jones Printing Company before starting a 48-year, 8-month career at Southwestern States Telephone Company, which later became GTE. I include these typical obituary milestones only for the record, but they are no longer that important to me.”

“I cannot recall much due to my failing memory but hopefully my gratitude for the important things never fades - my traditional family and my church family. Although we neither planned, nor wished, to live our entire lives together, my sisters, Mary Lee and Lorene, our mother and I made our small house a comfortable home. The events that drew us close made our bond strong enough for us to quietly accept that we most likely would never live apart. To our friends, we were affectionately known as, “The Girls.”

“I thank our extended family at Calvary Baptist Church for helping us lead our lives that kept our bond strong. I am especially grateful for the opportunity we were given to teach Sunday School, for I am convinced that it was the lessons we learned from teaching our youth that calmed our own occasional storms at home.”

“I thank our only brother, Hallard, and his wife, and her grandchildren, for welcoming us during the holidays which gave us a taste of a traditional family and the laughter of kids.”

“My deepest gratitude is for my sisters. While Lorene’s levity and wit lightened our days, it was Mary Lee who carried the heaviest part of our responsibilities. She often sacrificed her career to care for mother during her illnesses and instinctively assumed her duties when she passed away. I did not realize what a burden Mary Lee carried all those years until she passed away herself and I was left to care for Lorene when Alzheimer’s left her dependent on me. I never realized the work and dedication required of caretakers. Nurses truly are the hands of God when care is required.”

Lola was buried next to her parents and sisters at Indian Creek Cemetery under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood. She also wished for any remembrance for her family to be a donation to Calvary Baptist Church (1719 9th St. Brownwood, TX 76801).

Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com.