ALICE -  Elaine R. Sowell, 81, passed away December 31, 2008 in Rosenberg, Texas. She was born September 8, 1927 in Duval County, Texas, to Henry and Nannie Goetzel. Elaine retired from Charlé Verdé Ladies Dress Store in Alice. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Buford; and son Michael.

Survivors include her daughter, Joan Ferguson of Rosenberg; four sisters, Joyce (George) Frank of Alice, Patsy Brundrett of San Antonio; Sue De La Cruz of Alice and Ann (Jesse) Leathers of Alice; one brother, Douglas (Mary) Goetzel of Alice; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday January 2, 2009 from noon to 9 p.m. at Holmgreen Mortuary in Alice.  The funeral service will conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2009 at the Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in the Alice Cemetery.

Holmgreen Mortuary, Inc. in charge.