Elaine LaBaume Haskell, age 89, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2018 in Midland. She was born August 14, 1928, in Dublin, Texas, to William Wiley and Claude Beatrice (Branum) LaBaume. She grew up on a farm and attended school in Dublin. After graduating high school Elaine attended secretarial school in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, she met Robert Everett Haskell, a “Yankee” from Massachusetts who was stationed in Fort Worth while attending naval medical training. Elaine and Bob were married on June 26, 1947 in Weatherford, Texas.
Following Bob’s discharge from the Navy, the young couple moved to Bob’s hometown of Beverly, Massachusetts for a short time, eventually relocating to Texas. After brief residences in Fort Worth, Big Spring, Lovington, New Mexico and Snyder, the family moved to Midland in 1963. In Midland, Elaine was employed as a land secretary by Cities Service Company and its successor, Occidental Petroleum Corporation. She retired from Occidental Petroleum in 1985. Elaine and Bob enjoyed traveling together, including ski trips to Austria, as well as spending time with family and friends. Elaine also took great pleasure in collecting Depression glass and china.
Left to honor Elaine and remember her love are Elaine’s three children, Kenneth (Sandra) Haskell, Stephen (Glenna) Haskell and Karen (Dean) Rucker, all of Midland; five grandchildren: David Haskell, Carla (Scott) Pattillo, John (Becky) Haskell, Clark (Rebecca) Rucker and Dustin Rucker; seven great-grandchildren: Jake (Crystalin) Pattillo, Madeline Pattillo, Anthony Haskell, Liliah Haskell, Dylan Haskell, Harper Rucker and Haley Rucker; one great-grandchild: Payton Haskell; a brother, Ray (Ola Mae) LaBaume of Dublin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her infant son, William Edmund Haskell, and her sisters: Mildred Kim, Anita LaBaume, Doris LaBaume and Mary LaBaume.
Elaine will be remembered for the love she shared with her family, her wit, humor and storytelling, as well as being the family historian.
The family will greet friends on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home, 3800 North Big Spring Street, Midland, Texas. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland with the Rev. Mike Hunter officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Midland, 911 West Texas Avenue, Midland, Texas 79701, or a charity of one’s choice.
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