Ethelyn M. Viltz was born in Palestine, Texas to Vadell (Jack) Bagley and Maudie Nixon. Ethelyn was known for her full adventurous life. She was full of wisdom and courage and loved to laugh and have fun. This 71-year-old out lived the two loves of her life, Jessie James McCoy and Charles Viltz.
Ethelyn attended Banks Elementary, Lincoln Jr. High and graduated from A.M. Story High School with the Class of 1959.
Ethelyn was a hard worker, working as a vocational therapist for 46 years, retiring in 2010. She enjoyed drawing and painting as she was a talented artist. Her largest passion in life was her love for her family and God. She loved playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ethelyn is known for saying her “dream for her family is for them to be blessed in life and their dreams and goals in life to be fulfilled.”
Ethelyn was preceded in death by husbands, Jessie James McCoy and Charels (Chuck) Viltz; father, Vadell (Jack) Bagley; mother, Maudie Nixon; brothers, Aaron L. Starr, Vadell (Sonny) Bagley Jr., Brady Bagley, Rayford Bagley, Clarence Lampkin and Gregory Lampkin.
Ethelyn is survived by brothers, Rodney Nixon (Brown), Marcus (Demetria) Nixon (Brown), Travis (Kristina) Nixon, Elvin (Celestine) Nixon, all of Dallas, and Malcolm Lampkin of Palestine; sisters, Johnnie (Royce) B. Thompson of Waco, Dorene Benton, Marilyn (Don Drew) Smith and Gloria F. (Bennie) Wortham of Dallas, Ida (Larry) Benton of Houston, Bernadine (James) Martin, Portia (Rick) Dockery and Gloria Palmer of Palestine; son, Steven McCoy of Salem, Ore.; daughters, Sheila Bagley of Salem and Sandy Cuello of Seaside, Ore.; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 13 stepchildren; and stepmother, Georgia M. Bagley of Palestine.
Visitation to be held at Howell Edwards Doerksen Funeral Home on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. Celebration of Life to be held at 2 p.m. at Howell Edwards Doerksen Funeral Home with reception to follow. Graveside service at Belcrest Memory Park Monday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.