A celebration service for Phoebe Belle Smith Bond will be at 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Belton, 2500 N. Church St.
Mrs. Bond died Oct 2, 2012. She was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Fayetteville, Ark. She said she came to Texas as soon as she could at about age 3.
Her parents were Lucy Hitch Smith and Hollis L. Smith. They were teachers in Karnes City until she graduated from high school in 1943. She had two sisters, Pauline Blacklock of Corpus Christi and Margaret Cox of Karnes City.
She was a student at the University of Texas, where she studied biology and then received a degree at Corpus Christi University in 1962.
In 1947, she married Jesse Hill Bond, an employee of Humble Oil and Refining Co. of Corpus Christi. They established a home at Flour Bluff and raised four children there, near the Laguna Madre, where the children played happily enjoying all the beaches of Padre Island. She took all the oceanography courses at UCC and received her teaching certificate.
She then went to North Texas State University to earn a master’s degree in library science in 1968. Her first job as a librarian was at the brand new Martin Junior High School in Corpus Christi in 1970 with a new degree and a library that had the roof ripped off by Hurricane Celia. She remained in that job for 24 years and retired in 1992.
Her lifelong interests were all things biological, especially bird watching, wild-flowers, her children, reading and genealogy.
She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Gone to Texas Pioneer Society and East Bell County Genealogical Society. She grew up with music and church and was active in choirs throughout her life.
She joined her daughter, Belinda, and her family in Killeen, then Belton, when she realized she did not have to wait out hurricanes in Corpus Christi after her retirement. She and Belinda’s family built a house on Stillhouse Hollow Lake with a mother-in-law wing.
She lived in the Meridian Retirement Home in Temple for several years because of ill health, but remained a working librarian at the Meridian. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Belton for a number of years, singing in the choir with her daughter for most of that time.
Mrs. Bond was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse, in 1988; and her sister, Margaret Cox in 2008.
Survivors include her sister, Pauline, of Corpus Christi; five nephews and nieces; four children; Hollis Bond of Austin, his wife, Irene, and their daughter, Kirsten; Stanley Bond of Corpus Christi, his wife, Maureen, and two sons, Dan and Tom; Tom’s wife, Roz, and son Tristan; Carolyn Schneider, her husband Michael, of Hood River, Ore., and daughter, Jessica, of Belton; Belinda Baker and her husband, Bob, of Belton, their two children, Robert and his wife, Callie, their children, Reese, Reagan and Case, of Temple; and Jennifer Richards and her son, Trace, of Nolanville.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes foundation, donate a favorite book to your library, or read one to your favorite child in her honor.
Dossman Funeral Home in Belton is in charge of arrangements.