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Ellsworth R. G. Boswell, age 82, passed away at home in Midland, TX surrounded by family at his side, exactly as he had wanted it to be. Ellsworth was born November 8, 1935 in Washington D.C. and grew up on a tobacco farm in Prince Georges County, Maryland. As a child, he spent lots of time with his Aunts Cora and Stella in Cheverly, MD. He received numerous awards in High School for his interest in agriculture and attended the University of Maryland. He worked highway construction briefly between Washington D.C. and Annapolis, MD. Then in 1956, Ellsworth enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Roswell, NM serving four years between the Korean and Vietnam wars. In 1958, he met his soul mate Mary Rae (Reall) while taking night classes in Roswell, NM and they married on the anniversary of D-day, June 6th in 1959 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Each being only children, they both agreed to wanting a large family and they were blessed with six children. Ellsworth was the only son of an only son and he often said that two of the best decisions made in life were converting to Catholicism and asking Mary Rae to be his wife and mother of their children.
In January of 1961, he went to work for Shell Oil Co. in Roswell which began a 35 year career in the oil and gas industry. Then came the children and several location changes. They moved to Hobbs, NM in 1965, to Midland, TX in 1966, Houston, TX in 1969, and finally returned to Midland in 1974 where he accepted employment with American Quasar Petroleum Co. Having gone through the downturn of the industry in the mid 80’s, he accepted employment with the Midland County Sheriff’s Department until the late 90’s and then chose another career as a motor coach driver with All American Travels which later became All Aboard America. It was through this career path, for the next approximately 16 years, he was able to enjoy the opportunity to meet many people from all over and see a great deal of the country – especially 30+ tours of the Big Bend National Park.
Ellsworth supported and worked with many youth groups both in Houston and Midland coaching Little League and Girls Soccer. He was loved and will be missed by so many, his family most of all. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Rae, his parents Esther Elizabeth and George Edward Boswell, as well as by his eldest son, George Stanley Boswell. He is survived by five children, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: daughter Annette (husband Nelson Hall of Cocoa Beach, FL- their children Aaron McFall of Lawton, OK and wife Jana- sons Logan and Liam; Kady, and Nelson III of Cocoa Beach, FL); son Tom of Santa Fe, NM (partner Brent Ault); son Mike of Midland, TX; and son John of Midland (wife Leslie, their children Aiden and Norah); daughter Susie of Comfort, TX; and grandsons Michael (wife, Amy and son Carter), Thomas, of Raleigh-Durham, NC, and Jonathon of Midland, TX.
On Tuesday, October 30th, there will be a brief blessing at St. Peter Catholic Church in Roswell at 12:30(MST) with a graveside burial at 1:00pm (MST) at South Park Cemetery in Roswell. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Midland on Monday, October 29th, at 10:30 AM with visitation and reception directly following. The Boswell family wishes to convey their gratitude to Alicia Aranda with Comfort Keepers who has cared for Ellsworth for many years, to Meals On Wheels of Midland, St. Ann’s Church- Midland and St. Peter’s Church- Roswell. They extend heartfelt appreciation to Bill Bujunosh who provided weekly in-home communion; to the compassionate caregivers at Hospice Midland –Ana, Donna Paul, Melissa, Amanda, Kayla, “Peaches”, and Maria as well as to the VA Hospital in Big Spring, TX. In lieu of flowers and in Ellsworth’s memory, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels of Midland or to Hospice of Midland.