Mozelle Armstrong Ploch was born in the back of a blacksmith’s shop in Levelland on October 29, 1932 completed her life’s journey, being called home by her Lord and Savior on August 24, 2018.
Loved ones gone before her include her husband of 65 years Jake Ploch; beloved grandchildren Lori Claudette Walker and Harrison Randall Curbello; parents, George Millard Armstrong and Callie Oretha Washburn Armstrong and six brothers and two sisters.
Mozelle leaves behind four children: Mollie Gail Walker and husband Chris of Orange Grove; Julia Ann Wilson and husband Rocky of Poteet; Robin Annette Curbello of Corpus Christi; Randy Curbello of Three Rivers; and Warren Jacob Ploch of San Antonio.
Her nine surviving grandchildren are Christy Walker Robertson and husband Luke of Falfurrias; Jake Walker of San Antonio; Josh Walker of Orange Grove; Callie Walker and husband John of Orange Grove; Rocky Wilson Jr. and wife Amy of Poteet; Matthew Wilson of Poteet; Hailey Wilson Stimpson and husband Michael of Poteet; Garrett Curbello and wife Lindsey of Nashville, TN; and Caitlin Curbello-Rodriguez and husband Marcus of College Station; and six greatgrandchidren and two great-great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings are Nell Blaha of Tilden, Doris Dickerson of Pleasanton and Philip Armstrong and wife Janie of George West.
Mozelle’s work life began when “she made the mistake of crying to follow her older siblings out to the cotton field”. She got her wish; they strapped a cotton picking sack on her and made her part of the team at the tender age of five years old! She later became a waitress (where she met her future husband), a cashier at Pat Shannon’s grocery story, a secretary in the Three Rivers’ city offices and a bookkeeper at First State Bank. For many decades, she ran the family businesses: Ice House Grocery and Ice House Auto Parts. When those businesses were sold, she became the executive director of the Three Rivers Housing Authority where she finally “retired” at the age of 76.
Never one to rest, Mozelle then became a full time volunteer at the school library where she touched the lives of hundreds of students with her dedication, kindness and sweet disposition. So much so, that they affectionately called her “Meme”; the name given to her by her own grandchildren.
Mozelle was a firm be- liever in education and our school. She always wanted to be a teacher, her dream job being a school librarian (she was a student librarian in the high school). Her influence led all three of her daughters to follow a career path in education.
Despite working 60 hour weeks, 52 weeks a year running the stores, she always found time to stay active in her children’s school. She was named official “class parent” many times over the years.
Meme’s earthly body was laid to rest beside her husband in the Three Rivers Cemetery on August 28, 2018.
The entire family greatly appreciates the loving care given to their beloved Meme by Lana Blagg, Tammy Martinez and Inez Talamantez of Strawberry Oaks Senior Care Home in Poteet.