Elizabeth Chase

ABILENE - Elizabeth L. “Bea” Chase died Sept. 28, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Breckenridge. She and her family moved to Abilene in 1933. She attended Abilene public schools, graduating from Abilene High School in 1944. During her days at AHS she made many lifelong friends, including a group that called themselves the “Girls of 44” with whom she shared a bond that never ended. She attended Hardin Simmons University as a freshman before marrying her soul mate and “love of her life” Lewis J. Chase on April 23, 1945. Her life can be summed up in three words, Faith, Family and Friends. She was a Charter Member of Brookhollow Christian Church where she served on the Board, served as a Deacon and as President of the Christian Women’s Fellowship numerous times.Second only to her faith, family was the most important thing in her life. Family included not only her biological family members but her extended “adopted” family as well. She always remembered everyone’s birthday, wedding anniversary, and special dates. She loved to watch her sons, grandsons and great grandsons play baseball (her favorite sport). She literally attended thousands of games starting in 1955 and continuing all the way through this summer. She was a true fan of the game. In their “retirement” years she and Lewis traveled extensively throughout the country with friends, especially their lifelong friends Ann and Jack Herman. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Lewis J. Chase; her grandson Brian Scott Chase; her mother and father Rose Foreman Johnson and Charles T. Johnson; four brothers, Charles, Paul, Jim and Kit Johnson; her baby sister Rose Lee; and several nieces and nephews. Survivors include her two sons, Lewis James “Jim” Chase and wife, Vicky of Midland, and Mike Chase and wife, Rose of Lubbock; sister, Ann Hawkins of Abilene; three grandchildren, Jeff Chase and wife Kelly of Lubbock, Ashley Chase Molfino and husband Marcelo of Beaumont, Jennifer Chase Black and husband Clayton of Stanton; daughter-in-law, Vicki V. Chase of Midland and granddaughter-inlaw Kara Kinman of Lubbock; five great grandchildren, Haley Chase Kinman, Hope Kinman, Garrett and Brian Chase, all of Lubbock and Jack Cooper Molfino of Beaumont and numerous nieces and nephews covering three generations. Services were Oct. 5th at Brookhollow Christian Church in Abilene. Burial followed at Elmwood Memorial Park on Oct. 6 under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home in Abilene. Serving as pallbearers were, Jimmy “Slim” Herman, Tom Stanton, Daryl Faris, Hunter Chase, David Johnson, and Downing Boles.

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