Barbara Ellen Hawkins, a beloved member of the Lake Jackson community and previous owner of Nosegay Florist, peacefully passed away on September 18, 2023, in Tyler, TX. She was born on September 15, 1931, in Port Bolivar, TX, to the late Minnie Mae Gibson and Jacob Schultz.
Barbara's journey in life was marked by her unwavering faith and dedication to her family. She graduated from high school and embarked on a fulfilling career that included working at Dow Chemical. However, her true passion lay in the world of flowers. As the owner of Nosegay Florist in Lake Jackson, she brought joy to countless individuals with her artistic arrangements.
Beyond her professional successes, Barbara always found solace and strength within her community. She was an active member of the Jones Creek Assembly of God, where she eagerly participated until she relocated from the area. Her faith was an essential part of her life that guided her actions and shaped her character.
Barbara's commitment to serving others extended beyond the church walls. One of her proudest accomplishments was being befriended by Arthur Temple, the owner of Temple Eastex Corporation. Under Mr. Temple's guidance, she had the honor to help design and later manage the Joe Elliot House in Lufkin. This achievement brought immense pride to Barbara's heart as she played a crucial role in creating a warm and welcoming environment for those seeking comfort during their time of need.
Later in life, Barbara discovered a hidden talent for painting. She took up lessons and poured her heart into creating magnificent works of art that continue to be cherished by her sons today. Her creativity knew no bounds as she transformed plain canvases into breathtaking expressions of emotion and beauty.
Barbara shared a deep bond with her family and friends who will forever hold precious memories of their time together. She leaves behind three devoted sons: Robert Lee Hawkins (and his wife Linda) of Tyler, TX; Charles Ray Hawkins (and his wife Sherry) of Flower Mound, TX; and Eric Hawkins (Melinda Armstrong) of Roanoke, TX. Her love for family was unparalleled, as demonstrated by her 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren who brought immense joy into her life.
As we bid farewell to Barbara, we gather to honor and celebrate her life. Visitation will take place on September 23, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at C.T. Baker & Sons Funeral Home 634 S. Columbia Dr. West Columbia, TX. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM in the same location. The interment will be held at Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria, TX, commencing at Appx. 12:00 PM.
Barbara Ellen Hawkins touched the lives of many with her faithfulness, talent, and loving nature. Her legacy will forever live on in the beauty she created, the friendships she nurtured, and the memories she has left behind. She will be deeply missed but remembered fondly by all those fortunate enough to have known her.