OBITUARY

Elsa Ravinet Bolms

June 24, 1926February 25, 2019

Elsa Ravinet Bolms, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away at her home with her family by her side on February 25th, 2019 at the age of 92. Born June 24, 1926 in Antofagasta, Chile, she was the daughter of the late Felipe and Alicia Ravinet. Elsa was the third of four children. She is preceded in death by her brother, Felipe Ravinet. She spent her childhood years in Santiago, Chile where she graduated from high school. In 1947, at the age of 21, Elsa along with her cousin visiting from Richmond IN, traveled by ship to the United States to visit family, going through the famous Panama Canal and ending their voyage in New York City where they were met by family and enjoyed the Big Apple before returning to IN. It was there while attending college in Richmond, IN that Elsa met her sweetheart, Arthur Edward Bolms. They were married on August 28, 1949 and celebrated 69 years together. After college, Art's company, Western Southern Life Insurance, moved them to Cincinnati, OH in 1960. It was there that they adopted a little girl in 1962 and another in 1964. Art's company sent him and the family to Dallas, Texas in 1968. Art and Elsa continued to raise their little girls in Dallas until the girls were grown with kids of their own and 37 years later, would move to Allen TX for 13 years to be near their two daughters and families. Elsa worked at Dillard's department store in Bridal Registry 10 years. She was active in various organizations pertaining to her daughters, such as Girl Scouts, PTA, Band and more. Elsa painted, knitted, and was involved in many types of art projects as well as in book clubs and other social activities. She enjoyed reading, crosswords, games, cards, dining out and spending time with family and friends. In 2018, after having resided in Texas for 50 years, Art and Elsa moved to Dunedin Florida to live with their daughter Missy who had moved there from Texas. Elsa is survived by her husband, Arthur Edward Bolms, her sister Marta Ravinet Carril, sister Maria Inez Rochefort, daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Matt Barrow, daughter Michelle Bolms Manning, 4 grandchildren: Christina (Steven) Manning Berry, Paige (Jeff) Manning Bennett, Katia (Andy) Barrow Crabb, Kirsten (Michael) Barrow Weissert, and 9 great grandchildren: Hunter Berry, Alexis Bennet, Adalyn Bennett, Gunner Berry, Jack Crabb, Sam Crabb, Lucy Baca, Philip Weissert, Evelyn Weissert. Visitation and funeral services will be at Sparkman Funeral Home located at 1029 S Greenville Ave, Richardson TX 75081, tel:(972)238-7855. Visitation will be Sunday March 3rd from 2-4pm. Funeral services will be Monday, March 4th at 10am. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 7405 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Interment Monday, March 4, 2019
REMEMBERING

Elsa Ravinet Bolms

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Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

Elsa Ravinet Bolms as a young girl.

Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

Elsa Bolms Ravinet as a teenager.

Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

92 years with us. Wow! How incredibly fortunate we were. Thank you for coming to celebrate Elsa Bolms and her remarkable legacy.

Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

Elsa Ravinet Bolms was born June 24, 1926 in Antofagasta, Chile, the daughter of parents Felipe and Alicia Ravinet.
She moved with her family to Santiago, Chile when she was 2 years old where she spent her remaining childhood years.
Elsa is the 3rd of four children: her brother Felipe was the oldest, followed be the three sisters, Marta, Elsa and Maria Inez. Whereas her siblings had middle names, my mother did not and as a young girl when asked what her full name is, she would say Elsa Sola.

Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

In 1948, Mom's cousin, Alida Ravinet, was to return home to her family in the United States, from her visit in Santiago. Alida, at 17, was a minor and was required to have an adult with her. So Mom , aged 21, sailed with her on a 3 week voyage on the Santa Cecilia from Santiago Chile to New York City, with stops in Peru, Ecuador where she saw huge clusters of bananas being loaded onto the ship and Panama where she crossed the famous Panama Canal. She was in awe of the canal. Arriving to New York City Harbor they saw the Statue of Liberty. Alida's parents ( Elsa's Aunt and Uncle) Rose and Ernesto traveled from Richmond IN to NYC and greeted the girls as they arrived. They showed them all around NYC, the Big Apple. They spent several days there. I remember mom telling me she saw the Rockettes.

Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

In Richmond IN, to improve Elsa's English, Uncle Ernesto suggested that Elsa work the crossword puzzle in the paper. Mom would continue to work the crosswords (the local and NYTimes versions) in the paper daily for the next 60 years until her eyesight was poor and she moved to doing WORDS WITH FRIENDS on her IPAD until her eyesight deteriorated. Mom was an excellent speller.

Elsa also looked into a class at Earlham College for English as a secondary language, but none were available for undergrads at that time. While talking with a professor, he suggested that she work for him at the college and this is how she also improved her English and was able to attend through scholarship, art classes, psychology class, and other classes.

Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

While at Earlham College, Mom was having lunch with her girlfriend, Marilyn Crandall, and told her that that that guy over there with the red face is looking at me again. (Mom had noticed him before). Marilyn talked to Art (Dad), and came back to mom and told her he wants to go out on a blind date. Mom said she doesn't do blind dates. So Marilyn introduced them and Dad asked her out to a picture show, a movie. It was winter. Mom sees Dad from the window. He is wearing this ugly 3/4 length coat with large brown and beige squares and one button fastened at the top. She tells her cousin Raquel, Alida's younger sister, that she was not going out with that man in his ugly coat. Turns out that Dad's friend borrowed Dad's coat not realizing Dad would need it that evening. So Dad grabbed his friend's coat that didn't fit him very well. During their date, Dad kept trying to loop his arms around Mom's arms, trying to hold her hand, and she kept saying no. Dad told her not to be so fresh with the man she was going to marry. She laughed. Not knowing how true this was going to be. They were married for 69 1/2 years.

Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

The college had a cemetery adjacent to the campus where students would go and neck. Mom and Dad would go there. They even had a favorite tombstone. It was a spot with a lovely view of the avenue.

Mom and Dad lived in Indiana which she loved, then moved to Dayton Ohio, then to Cincinnati where they adopted me and 2 years later, adopted my dear sister Missy. They moved to their home on Midbury Drive in Dallas in 1968 and would remain there for 37 years until they moved to Allen to be near their daughters at the time.

Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

Mom always loved cats and became particularly fond of Siamese cats. All her life, She always had a cat, sometimes two at a time, and once, three, maybe even four with the stray that stayed outside. Mom and Dad’s Siamese cat Roxie sleeps on the foot of their bed in Florida.

Mom loved music, especially classical music and would listen to it on the radio while at home or in the car. I asked her once who is your favorite composer? She said Beethoven. Mom loved to paint, knit. Always doing something with her hands while watching tv. She was beautiful, smart, loving, creative. She reupholstered furniture, painted, sculpted and wallpapered walls, sewed dresses, she made all the drapes that are in Matt’s and my house. She could do anything. She drove Missy and me to all our lessons, co leader of my Girl Scout troop, PTA, etc. She was truly the best mom Missy and I could ever have.

Jacquie Barrow

March 7, 2019

We use to play games with mom, Yahtzee and other games. For years, Mom and dad played bridge and gin rummy with friends. Matt and I played Rummycube with Mom and Dad a lot when we were building our house and lived with them for what turned into 6 months. Years later, We played a board game with my parents and friends, Settlers of Catan, for two years, every Friday night. After that period, We played cards, hearts, spades. Mom later played games on her IPAD, drawing with friends was one she did with Betty Nugent. She also loved to play candy crush.

Mom worked at Dillard's in the bridal registry for 10 years when we were in our teenage years.
She was in several book clubs including a Spanish book club. She took art classes, learned to sculpt. Stayed active. She and Dad getting together with friends to play cards, dine. She had a small group of friends named the Magneticas, because they would bring each other magnets from their trips. Ann, Doris, Nora, Josefina and Elsa would meet monthly for lunch.

FROM THE FAMILY