A memorial service for Estelle Garlichs, 87, was held Saturday, March 6, 2010, at First Baptist Church in San Marcos. A visitation and serv ice was held Saturday afternoon at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with burial following at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron.
Mrs. Garlichs died Tuesday, March 2.
She was born to Myrtle and Jim Mitcham on March 19, 1922, in Cameron, the youngest of four daughters.
Mrs. Garlichs was soon known as “Tot,” a name that stayed with her throughout her life.
She was a Yoe High School graduate at the age of 16 and went to work in the Buckholts Post Office.
In 1942, she road a train to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to marry Hans Garlichs, who was serving in the U.S. Army.
After World War II, they settled in Lake Jackson where they raised their daughters and lived for 50 years.
Mrs. Garlichs worked at Lake Jackson Post Office for 20 years before retiring in 1985.
After retirement, they moved back to their roots and enjoyed 11 years of reuniting with old friends and making new ones in Rockdale.
After Hans’ death in 2004, Mrs. Garlichs moved to San Marcos and enjoyed living near her family until her death following complications from surgery.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Hans A. Garlichs; her parents; and three sisters.
Survivors are three daughters, Shirley McNally and husband Vern of Wickenburg, Arizona, Joan Boethel of Bastrop, Carol Sullivan and husband Clay of San Marcos; six grandchildren, Donna Rippner and husband David of Allen, Susan Kleinfall of Plano, Carey Paul Boethel and wife Tristan of Chicago, Illinois, Jim Boethel and wife Rachel of Bastrop, Seth Sullivan and wife Melissa of San Antonio, Lindsey Keller and husband Josh of Reading, Pennsylvania; 10 great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Allison Rippner, Kelvin and Keaton Kleinfall, Eden Boethel, Stephen, Zachar y and Jonah Boethel, Emily and Grant Sullivan; and a sister-in-law, Margrit Hancer; also, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 325 W. McCarty Lane, San Marcos, TX 78666 or St. John’s United Methodist Church, PO Box 168, Rockdale, TX 76567.