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Loretta Gail 'Mimi' Earls

April 24, 2013

God welcomed home another angel April 21, 2013. Gail is now holding hands with Floyd and rejoicing with the angels. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the First Church of the Nazarene. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

Mimi loved the Lord and made sure everyone around her was taken care of and loved. Her greatest joys, besides being married to Floyd for 48 years, were her kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mimi invented the word “spoiled rotten.” They never wanted for anything and never had a dull moment. Going for ice cream after school and play dates in her living room are just a few memories to be cherished and never forgotten.

Gail was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 16, 1938, and married Floyd Edward Earls on June 7, 1956. They were married for 48 years when Floyd went to be with the Lord in 2004. Gail was active in her community, volunteering her time and energy. She was involved in teen court, city council and the veterans home.

She was one of the founders of the Rape Crisis Center in Big Spring, devoting her life to it because it was so dear to her heart. Mimi was such a strong and loving person. Everyone who knew her was touched forever. Gail leaves such a legacy through her love and devotion to God, family and friends. We are truly grateful for the chance to be part of her life.

Gail devoted the first 14 years of marriage to being a stay at home mom and raising her kids while Floyd served his country through the Air Force. She then worked for the County Agent Office for 21 years, giving herself to the county, community and many, many 4-H kids who loved her.

Mimi also volunteered many years as a clown, making so many kids laugh by painting faces, too many to count. She enjoyed watching the kid’s ball games and was a true Texas Ranger fan. Besides her kids and all her grandkids, she loved her sisters and brothers and enjoyed the relationship they all shared.

Gail leaves several loved ones to carry on her traditions and legacy, including her son, Eddie and daughter-in-love Tina Earls; a daughter, Karen Bearden and son-in-love Kenny Bearden; five grandchildren, Krysha Bearden, Kendra Davila and husband Benjie, Cashea Shockley and husband Michael, Stetson Earls and Keagan Earls; seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Karlee, Kelbee, Paryse, Lucas, Kaidyn and Maddox; three sisters, Joy Maxwell, Donna Kelley and Judy Baughn; one brother, Clifford Luckens; and two sisters-in-law, Barbara Knight and husband Ted and Lin Rahle and husband Bob. Many, many nieces, nephews and cousins are also left to carry on the legacy.

Gail is preceded in death by her mother, Idamae Luckens; and her brother, Larry Maxwell.

A special thanks to all our friends who stood by us and helped us through this difficult, but joyous time. Momma (Mimi) will be missed, but now she is where she wants to be, dancing with Floyd and giving God an earful. We love and miss you and we will always be grateful for how you raised us, taught us and loved us.

The family suggests memorials to First Church of the Nazarene, 1400 S. Lancaster, Big Spring, Texas 79720; or to Rape Crisis Center of Big Spring, P.O. Box 2137, Big Spring, Texas 79721-2137.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com

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