"Dignity without Compromise"
ELIZABETH MAE (MIDDLETON) BOND
Elizabeth (Liz) Mae (Middleton) Bond, aged 82, passed away in Jacksonville, NC on 18 July 2005 after a courageous and spirited battle with Alzheimerís Disease. Liz was born on October 28, 1922 in Collinsville, OK to Ben and Hersey Middleton of Broken Arrow, OK. She graduated from Union Consolidated High School in 1937, where she enjoyed playing on her high school womenís basketball team. One of Lizís most cherished experiences occurred during WWII when she enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1943, where she served for the next two years as a Pharmacistís Mate. After the war, she worked in Tulsa, OK until she married Leo (Pat) Lysander Bond in 1954. Together, they have three daughters, MGySgt Pat Bond McLane, USMC (Retired) of Jacksonville, NC, Dee Bond, a Senior Electrical Designer, of East Bernard, TX and Jo Bond-Ostler,) a CPA, and her husband, Michael Gerard Ostler, of Oak Park, IL.
Liz was preceded in death by her husband, Leo (Pat) Lysander Bond, in 1984. They lived in Carlsbad, NM, Dallas, TX, Lewisville, TX, and Okmulgee, OK. Since 2000, Liz lived in Jacksonville, NC. She is survived by their three daughters; her sister, Virginia L. Rogers; four grandsons: 1stLt James McLane, United States Army, Specialist Jeremy Lopez, United States Army, Ramero Lopez, and Benjamin John Ostler; two great grand daughters and numerous nieces and nephews.
Liz was a strong, feisty woman of spirit who was proud of her military service, as well as that of her daughter and grandchildren. She was active in the American Legion and served two terms as Commander. She was also a staunch Republican who was active and vocal in her participation in politics. Liz was a faithful and dedicated friend, much beloved by many.
Liz was passionate about many causes and issues, but one of her greatest attributes was her patriotism and sense of duty to her family and country. This continued throughout her life as she was fond of calling cadence, marching, and singing service songs with her fellow veterans, care facility room mates, as well as children. Liz was a great shopping buddy and enjoyed spending time with her many friends telling stories, completing word find puzzles, and putting puzzles together.
Lizís strength of character and strong personality was passed down through her daughters, who have led their lives in turn with dignity, spirit, and determination. Her family and friends feel blessed to have enjoyed sharing her life and are proud to carry on her legacy as tribute to her memory. In lieu of flowers or cards, her family requests that those who chose to pay tribute to Liz do so by contributing to the Alzheimerís organization of their choice.
Graveside services will be held at Fort Gibson National Cemetery on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 2 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.