Mozell Biles passed away on January 11, 2020. The family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. We will celebrate her life of 90 years at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. Friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the area below the obituary.
Mozell Biles was born on August 17, 1929, to Charles and Lula Dee Kirk in Anton, Texas. She was born 4th of 6 children. Growing up she helped her parents tend the family farm, pulling cotton, growing vegetables and raising chickens. When Mozell was 7-8 years old, she met her best friend Alta. They remained friends all through school. The young ladies were still best friends when Alta met Eddie Ray Hutto. He told his friend Gene that he would get him a date if they could double date in Gene’s car. After 70 years of being lifelong friends, Mozell and Alta had both become widows and ended up at Crown Point as roommates. They were called “The Girls” at Crown Point because the nurses would catch them giggling and eating snacks in the middle of the night. They spent the last year of Mozell’s life together, sharing snacks, clothes and memories. When she was 15, her sister Laverne perished in a house fire and her children came to live with them, so Mozell acquired 2 new sisters (Joyce and Caroline), and a little brother (Travis). Mozell was a good student in school and she graduated from Anton High School in 1947. She married her sweetheart Eugene “Gene” Biles on June 7, 1947, in Anton, Texas. She worked hard to feed her husband and five children healthy hot meals on a very small budget. She made the very best breakfast with “from scratch” biscuits, mac-n-cheese, and squash relish. She sewed the children’s clothes, her husband’s works shirts, had the most fascinating button tin for her notions, and made many quilts. For economical vacations, Mozell and Gene packed up five kids, camping supplies, and went to the mountains, rivers, or the lake. Slept in the camper truck at night and cooked meals outside on a camp stove. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy making sure to mark each one of their heights on a door facing in their home every summer. After retirement, Mozell and Gene bought a lake house on Lake Livingston. And played there for many years. They made new friends, fished, boated, grew flowers, and built a beautiful home there. Mother had a gift of propagating plants of all kinds. She could grow a Rose of Sharon from a twig! After her children grew up, Mozell did craft projects like ceramics, dolls, and cross-stitched to keep busy. She enjoyed her depression glass collections and belonged to a glass club.
Survivors include her three daughters, Kathy Diane (Jerry) Vernon, Donna Joyce (Mark) Tidwell, Evelyn Dee (Mark) Gibbs; son, Lloyd Ralph (Tracy) Biles; daughter-in-law, Norma Carol Biles; sister, Othell Cline; sister-in-law, Ruth (Bill) Wimberly; grandchildren, Chris (Laura) Biles, Nick (Leandra) Biles, Laura (Josh) Brown, Kim (Robert) Flowers, Kelly (James) Rayburn, Kayla (Jason) Minter, Timothy Eugene (Janna) Tidwell, Todd Tidwell, Troy Tidwell, Natalie (Ben) Gibson, Morgan (Jon) Finney, Katherine Gibbs (Ryan Havenhill) , Austin (Celesta) Gibbs; great-grandchildren, Clara Biles, Jodie Tipton, Layne Biles, Cate Biles, Olivia Biles, Elissa Brown, Teagan Flowers, Matti Rayburn, Keely Rayburn, Jordan Minter, Nora Minter, Slade Tidwell, Mason Tidwell, Marissa Bentley, Duncan Tidwell, Blythe Gibson, Bradley Gibson; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; Alta Hutto her childhood friend and roommate at Crown Point.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lula Dee Kirk; husband, “Gene” Biles; and son, Dr. Kenneth Gene Biles; siblings, Orval Kirk, Laverne Jenkins, Loyd Kirk, and Betty Franek.
The family of Mozell Biles has designated the The Heights Fellowship Church, 6108 66th St. Lubbock, TX 79424, 806-771-8415, for memorial contributions donated in her memory. https://www.theheightsfellowship.org/