Louise Ponder Bott Tolar March 07, 1922 – April 06, 2020
Louise Bott-Tolar, age 98, passed away after a long life on April 6, 2020 in Parker, CO. She was born Elsie Louise Ponder on March 7, 1922 to Homer and Pearl (McMillan) Ponder and the oldest of twelve children: JoEllen (Jo) Ponder-Guffey, Beatrice Pearl (Bea) Ponder- Ayers, Laura “Mable” Ponder- Adams, twin sisters Vera Edle and Era Estelle Ponder, Hazel “Evelyn” Ponder-Jordan, Homer Gerald (Buddy) Ponder, Edsel Morris (Ed) Ponder, Billy Wayne Ponder, Velda Rae Ponder-Pennington, and Benola Joy Ponder-Robinson.
After growing up in Quitman she moved to Shreveport and went to work for Film Arbor Company, a film processing firm. There she met Charles D. Bott and married in 1955 and raised three children together. She later went on to have a long career with Sears and Roebuck. After working in various departments, she spent the last working years in the corporate level as a manager in the Sears Credit department before retiring after 35 years.
When she wasn’t working, you would find her quilting, writing or reading. An avid reader, it was not uncommon for her to read 2-5 books a week. She was also a faithful member of Parker Church of Christ.
Louise leaves to cherish her memory, son Charles Phillip Bott and wife Karen; siblings Buddy and his wife June, Edsel and wife Carolyn, Billy Wayne and wife Nancy, Velda and husband Russ, Benola and husband Jerry; brother-in-law, Jim Jordan. She was affectionately known as “Grandmother” and “Mimi” to seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; twin sisters Vera and Era, and sisters Jo Ellen, Beatrice,Mable and Evelyn; husbands Garland Eiland, Charles Bott and Maj. James “Jim” Tolar, daughter Elise Louise Eiland-Looker and son Garland “Butch” Eiland Jr.
Memorial graveside services will be held 10:00AM Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Ebenezer Cemetery with Bro. Freddie Shows officiating. Interment will be at the cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association in the name of Louise Bott-Tolar.
*** In keeping with current health guidelines social distancing will be required***
Claudine Turnbow February 28, 1925 – June 19, 2020
Ms. Claudine Turnbow, age 95 of Quitman, made her journey through the heavenly gates Friday, June 19, 2020 after a period of declining health. Ms. Claudine enjoyed being outdoors, especially working in the yard and gardening. Ms. Turnbow found much joy in her pretty flowers that she grew and took pride in caring for them. She was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church. Ms. Claudine was a beloved “Mime” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren and she loved spending time with them.
She leaves behind a daughter, Jo Ann Brown Ingram; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death are her son, Jerry Mac Turnbow; daughter, Joy Arnold; parents, Shug and Louie (McMillan) Womack. A graveside service was held on Monday, June 22, 2020 at Sweetwater Baptist Cemetery with Reverend Stuart Toms officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.