Myrtle (Tissie) Oates Elliott was born on August 29, 1926 in Saragosa, Texas to Myrtle Chandler Oates and John G. Oates. She died October 2, 2018. Her older brothers were Jay Moseley Oates, John Earnest Oates and William Brawley Oates.
Tissie attended Balmorhea schools and Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine. She graduated from Sul Ross in 1949, In 1950, while living and teaching Balmorhea, she met and married Wes Elliott. They were married for 62 years. They settled in Balmorhea where they raised three daughters. Other than short moves early in their marriage to Ft. Stockton and Van Horn, they spent their entire lives in Balmorhea. Tissie and Wes made many wonderful lifelong friends in Balmorhea, Pecos, VerHalen, and Ft. Stockton. Their roots ran deep in West Texas.
As her parents aged, Tissie was a devoted daughter and caregiver to them both. After the girls grew up and left home, Tissie returned to teaching. She influenced the lives of many students with her dedication and nurturing spirit. During retirement, she delighted in spending time with her grandsons, traveling with Wes, and quilting. Her handmade quilts are the treasured possessions of her daughters.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Myrtle and John Oates, her brothers, and her beloved husband, Wes. She is survived by her daughters, Susie and her husband, Frederick Weinald of Mansfield, Tissie Ann and her husband Gary McNeil of Austin, and Cherry and her husband David Wike of San Angelo. She is also survived by three grandsons, Matthew Anderson & wife, Shana; Jonathan Anderson & wife Jennifer, and Elliott Wilkes & fiancée, Erin and two great grandchildren, Casen and Kayleigh Anderson.
For those wishing to give a memorial gift, the family requests donations be made in Tissie’s memory to the First Baptist Church of Balmorhea or the Alzheimer’s Association. We would like to express our appreciation to the wonderful caregivers who ministered to Tissie’s needs while she was living in Austin, especially Rosa Soto and Virginia Saldana.
Tissie was a devoted daughter, a loving wife and mother, and an extremely proud Nana. She will be dearly missed by those of us who loved her, but we know she has been welcomed into the loving arms of God.
I taught third grade with Tissie in the 80’s at Pecos Elementary. I just loved her strong independent nature. One winter we were cooped up due to the cold weather and then it started to snow in the morning. We both talked about how the snow would be melted by the time school was out so we asked the principal for permission to take our classes out to play in the snow. We had the best time having snowball fights with our students! Tissie was one in a million!!
Debra GoffBay City, TX
So sorry to hear about Tissie. She and Wes were the best friends my parents ever had. She was a special lady, a wonderful person. God bless you, Susie, Tissie Ann, and Cherry.
Jack DavisChina Spring, TX
So sorry for your loss.
Sharon and Larry LippeMarble Falls, TX
So sorry for your loss, Tissue was a wonderful person and lifelong neighbor to our family. She was always there for our family and we have many fond memories we will always cherish. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Stella Ornelas LenzElgin, IL
I am so sorry for your loss, your mother was an amazing woman.
Ester OrnelasOdessa, TX