Jimmie Rita Eiland
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On Saturday, February 12, 2022, Jimmie Rita Simpson Eiland, 90, of Stephenville, Texas, drifted peacefully to her Heavenly home as her husband of nearly 70 years held her hand. Jimmie was a Godly lady who loved the Lord and her family. She set a great example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that will lead them all their lives.
Jimmie was born to the late Ruth Wheeler and Mohler Lewis Simpson on October 25, 1931. She was raised in Goldthwaite, Texas along with her three siblings: Janie Ruth Simpson Comer; Monette Simpson Hannon; and Mohler Wheeler Simpson. She and her family were long-time members of the First Baptist Church in Goldthwaite, of which her great-grandfather served as its second and fourth pastor beginning in 1888. After high school, she moved to Stephenville and attended Tarleton State College, where she met her husband and the love of her life, Bethel Eiland of Midland, Texas. They were married on May 11, 1952, at First Baptist Church in Goldthwaite.
Jimmie and Bethel spent most of their married years in Midland, Texas, where they raised their four children: Eddie Eiland of Dublin, Texas; Dean Eiland of Aubrey, Texas; Rita Kay Eiland Dean of Lipan, Texas; and Troy Eiland of Richardson, Texas. They were outstanding members of the community and church, always putting God and family first. She is survived by her husband; 4 children and their spouses; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; and her sister, Monette Simpson Hannon ; several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents; sister, Janie; brother, Mohler; grandson, Thurston Evans Dean, IV and granddaughter in-law, Brandi Burns Eiland.
Jimmie was the definition of a true Proverbs 31 woman. Bethel was blessed with an excellent wife, and she brought him good all her life. She loved the Lord; strength and honor were her clothing; and was more precious than jewels to him and to her family. Her children give her the highest praise. She was unselfish and took care of Bethel and her family for many years. Alzheimer's disease slowed her down for the last several years, but she always wore a smile and had joy in her heart. As Jimmie's memory and health declined over those years, Bethel very unselfishly took amazing care of her. They became known as "The Notebook" couple.
Services are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church, 1319 Fisher Street, in Goldthwaite, Texas. Internment will follow at Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery, Mills County, Texas.