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DORIS ELLEN McNABB, JANUARY 25, 1933 - NOVEMBER 13, 2023.
Doris Ellen McNabb, born some almost 91 years ago, passed peacefully from this present world on Monday, November 13, 2023. She was cared for, prayed for and loved most by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren until her final breath. Doris was born January 25, 1933 in the rural community of LaSalle, TX to Henry and Wilma Gerik Kolar. She was one of five children born into the Kolar family. From an early age, Doris was taught the endless ways of homemaking and baking along side her mother. Her family was most thankful for these skills as it produced countless pans of cakes and kolaches, many new handmade clothes and a spotless home for her family. Doris learned to garden from both her parents, of which she delighted in her entire life. She could grow anything with just a pile of dirt. Doris graduated from Vanderbilt High School in 1949, and the following year in 1950, earned an Executive Secretarial Diploma from Durham's Business School in San Antonio. She worked for some 30 years as the most friendly and stylish Bank Secretary & Cashier for numerous Banks in Beeville, TX. She enjoyed her customers and took pride in her work thru those years. As a matter of fact, she loved banking so much, she worked and then retired not once, but three times! Her family believes that she loved the retirement parties. One of many great gifts and blessings to her, was her devoted husband, Andrew "A.E." McNabb. They were married on August 16, 1951 while A.E. served in the US Air Force. While they both worked at building and sustaining a happy marriage, they adored one another beyond measure. This love was on full display to anyone who knew them each day of their lives. Doris and A.E. never missed an opportunity to hook onto their many travel trailers they owned and head to "Shellbank" at LaSalle. This was their home away from home. Sunsets at Shellbank were what they worked so hard for and lived for most in their later years. They caught fish together until Heaven called A.E. home in 2011. "They'll never be another "Mac" (as she called him) and I certainly don't want to train another one" she would say. Doris and A.E. adored their four children, Donald, Janice, Terry and Michael immensely. They spent every ounce of energy teaching and displaying what hard work, strong morals and a respectable character looked like. For almost 60 years they were examples of what sweet love, commitment and forgiveness can produce. Doris once said, "If I had it to do all over again, I'd do it the same way all over again. I had the best, with the best, and I am Blessed." Her family are those who were truly blessed by mom, grandma, sister and aunt."
Doris has been preceded in death by her husband, Andrew "A.E." McNabb, son Terry McNabb; parents Henry & Wilma Kolar; brother Clarence Kolar; sister-in-law LaDelle Kolar; and sister-in-law Leona Kolar. Survivors include children Donald McNabb (Kathy) of LaSalle; daughter Janice Ellis (Charles) of Sinton; Michael McNabb (Carin) of Beeville. Grandchildren: Amanda Toon (Nathan); Deven Bowerman (Tom); Dustin Ellis (Megan); Adam McNabb (Stacie). Great Grandchildren: CD Ellis, LoReece Ellis, Madelyn McNabb, Landon McNabb, Andrew McNabb, Tyler Toon (Anna), Ashtyn Reddin (Gavin) and Austin Toon (Trista Hughes). Siblings: Raymond Kolar (Hope), Larry Kolar and Sylvia Gentry (Bill). Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and "adopted children she loved as if her own." Doris lived each day as a gift from God to love her family and those she called friend. She was far from perfect, but she was perfect for us. "True love, is that which can give the most without asking or demanding anything in return." She lived this out best!
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Donor's Choice.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 10:00 am at St. Theresa Catholic Church in LaSalle, Rosary will be recited at 10:30 am, followed by Funeral Mass at 11:00 am with Father Johnson Owusu-Boateng officiating. There will be a private family burial of ashes at St. Theresa Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
Services have been entrusted to Russell Todish of Slavik Funeral Home, 209 N. Allen Street, Edna, Texas 77957, 361-782-2152.