Elizabeth A. Bollich

Friday, May 10, 2019

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth A. Bollich, 83, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, in First Baptist Church, with Dr. Jeff Cook and Rev. Brian Wells officiating.

Visitation will be in First Baptist Church Friday from 5-8 p.m.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home of Jennings.

Mrs. Bollich died at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

She was a lifelong resident of Jennings. At a young age, Liz professed faith in Jesus Christ and was faithful to God all the days of her life. She and Bob were both staff and members of First Baptist Church of Jennings. She loved the Word of God and for 50 years read through the Bible each year.

Liz and Bob married on Jan. 23, 1956, fulfilling her dream of being a preacher’s wife. For the next 40 years they raised their children, finished their education, including her bachelor’s degree from UNO and her master’s degree from LSU, taught together at Iota High School and worked side-by-side as Bro. Bob pastored Evangeline Baptist Church and FBC Iota. She was four times voted as a Teacher of the Year nominee and won Acadia Parish High School Teacher of the Year. A highlight of their lives together was a six-week mission trip to China in 1995, where they taught ESL at Nanjing Theological Seminary.

During their retirement years they moved to Jennings and became an active part in Bob’s childhood church, FBC Jennings. Liz also enjoyed her local involvement in Delta Kappa Gamma, where she received the distinguished Golden Apple Award, Republican Women and Rotary Club. They took regular RV trips to Indiana. Around town they were easy to spot with their LIZNBOB license plate.

She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Bollich of Jennings; one daughter, Debby (Derek) Guillory of Pineville; one son, Stephen Bollich of Eunice; one brother, Dr. John Firestone of Baton Rouge; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Wiggins; her father, Lenard Firestone; and three siblings, brothers Joe and Carl Firestone and sister Katherine Jester.

Waiting for her in Heaven were the women that she lovingly referred to as “my five mothers:” mother Vena Peters Firestone, who died when she was 2, stepmothers Lena Guillory and Mellie Firestone, mother-in-law Myrtle Bollich and aunt Irene Trahan.

The family wishes to thank Heart of Hospice and caretakers Lacey Touchet, Kim Simon and Kasey Henderson for their tender care over the past months. They are also grateful to the members of FBC Jennings for extending their love through visits, cards, meals and prayers.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.miguezfuneralhome.com.

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