Effie Lucille Townsend
May 3, 1932 – March 21, 2021
Effie Lucille (Allen) Townsend went home to be with the Lord on March 21, 2021. Effie was born to Ivan and Mamie Aletta (McDevitt) Allen on May 3, 1932 near Booker, Texas. She moved to Austin, Texas with her mother and younger sister when she was 13 and graduated from high school there. In Austin, she met and fell in love with Aubrey Gordon Townsend. They married on September 21, 1950 and they celebrated 51 years before he preceded her in death on December 28, 2001. Effie was also preceded in death by four brothers, Frank Allen, R.D. Allen, Ivan Allen, Leland Allen, and by two sisters, Harriet Strickland and Mamie Agler.
Effie is survived by her son, Gordon Ivan Townsend and his life partner Marion Louis; sister, Dorothy Tate; lots of nieces and nephews, and her extensive adopted-family. She enjoyed people and was always willing to help whenever she could and treated everyone like family. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove she especially enjoyed participation in their United Methodist Women group. Effie loved her church and was the recipient of the 2002 Louis Behrens Service Award. She supported numerous groups in the church, such as Sowers Circle, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Friendship Corner, and Deployed Spouse group, just to mention a few. As a young woman, Effie was an accomplished seamstress and made much of her own clothing, including her wedding dress. Later in life, she learned to crochet, crocheting hundreds of afghans for family members, brides, babies, children, and for the prayer shawl ministry.
The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude for the loving and supportive care provided by the staff of Bluebonnet Hospice. Visitation will be open to the public on Wednesday, March 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. The family is requesting that at all guests wear mask when attending the visitation.
The family will conduct a private Memorial Service, prior to interment at the Copperas Cove City Cemetery. In person attendance will be limited to immediate family only; however, extended family and friends are invited to view the live streamed service online April 1st at 2:00 PM at https://www.facebook.com/crawfordbowerscopperascove
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Women at 101 W. Ave. F, Copperas Cove, TX 76522.
- Jamie Murphy, Active Pallbearer
- Darrell McDonald, Active Pallbearer
- Robert McDowell, Active Pallbearer
- Nelson James Schulze, Active Pallbearer
- Bob Crouch, Active Pallbearer
- Chad Johnson, Active Pallbearer
- Archie Williams, Honorary Pallbearer
- Harry Morton, Honorary Pallbearer
- Everett Baldwin, Honorary Pallbearer
- Bennie Murphy, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jonathan Morton, Honorary Pallbearer
- Roger Keith Allen, Honorary Pallbearer
- Matthew Blankenship, Honorary Pallbearer
Grace United Methodist Women
101 W Ave F, Copperas Cove, Texas
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Effie Lucille Townsend
March 29, 2021
I can't ever remember my life without my Grandma Effie, she was a very special lady and a big part of my life. Every time she visited I always made it a point to spend time with her & we could talk for hours about everything and I could tell her anything & she never judged. I named my son Alan in her honor, so everytime I look at him, I have a small part of her. Thank you for all you did for me & my family, you will be missed by us all. Love you forever.
March 28, 2021
Gordon, thank you for sharing your Mom and Dad with this crazy family of ours. We loved them both as if they were our own parents. They came into our lives in 1977 when we moved next door to them. Effie was a godsend to me. She was there for me when I needed a mother. She took Jennie in as her granddaughter, then when Thomas was born she took him in as their grandson. He cut his first tooth on one of her lockets and later gave it to Shaylin when she was born, Thomas’s first daughter.
The first time Jamie saw them was in Georgia when they came to visit. She loved them and started calling them grandma and grandpa Townsend. Effie was always Grandma Effie to my kids and later to the grandkids. They all loved her very much. They couldn’t wait to see her when she came to visit. She was always a special person in ours lives and she will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. You will always be a part of our family.
March 25, 2021
I am Brenda’s sister. The first time I met Effie , I actually thought she was our momma. She was sitting on the couch with Brenda and I walked in and said hey momma what are you girls doing. Momma was in the kitchen! I was so shocked. Effie was the sweetest lady. I always looked forward to seeing her when she came to visit Brenda. I am so sorry for your loss.
March 25, 2021
Our hearts go out to you, and we will be thinking of you as you grieve the loss of your precious mother.
With heartfelt condolences,
The Bluebonnet Team and Staff
Diane and Mark Murphy
March 24, 2021
Mark and I are saddened to hear of Effie’s passing. We always called her Aunt Effie. She loved Mark and always made sure she sent us a birthday and anniversary card. She was one of our biggest supporters and loved to hear us sing. She was thrilled Mark found love again and married. She will be truly missed but are comforted she is now in the arms of our Lord. She could not wait to see Jesus face to face. Our condolences go to the family. May God give you comfort and strength during this time.