Elesa Claudine Pannell Bicknell (Claudine) passed into Eternal Life in Heaven on September 14, 2013. She was born on October 6, 1925 in Bennett, Texas Parker County to James Franklin Pannell and Ruby Beatrice Pannell (Lowe). She married Roy Edward Bicknell and retired from Southwestern Bell telephone co. on February 28, 1987 after 37 years of service.
She is survived by her sons, Danny and wife Cynthia Bicknell of Bedford, Texas, and Davy and wife Zara Bicknell of Joshua, Texas; sister, Nellie and husband Amos Morales of Denton; brother, Melvin and wife Mary Jane Pannell of Denton; and blessed with many loving nieces, nephews, grandchildren including Nathan Bicknell who she spent a lot of time with during his upbringing and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Marguritte Parker and Wanda Johnson.
Claudine was a member of First Baptist Church of Roanoke and then North Richland Hills Baptist Church. She was also a member of "Lay Witnesses of Christ International". They supported many of the functions and groups in the Church including the Christian Athletes who were Olympic contenders and traveled with the Olympians to international destinations.
She sang in the Church choir and performed at the Tarrant County Convention Center many years for the "Greater Fort Worth Christmas Pageant".
FAMILY was her #1 priority and we are blessed to have known such a loving soul. She represented the best that GOD offers, even during the struggles of everyday life she found a way to resolve them through prayer. This is truly an example her wishes for us.
The family would like to send a special thank you to ASHWOOD LIVING ASSISTANCE where she lived her last years. The staff at Ashwood has been top shelf with expertise and health care, and she loved them very much.
Visitation will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, September 21, 2013 with the funeral beginning at 10:30 am in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors, 2025 West University Dr., Denton Texas 76201.