Rosa Bullard

Posted: Mon 11:51 AM, Mar 17, 2014
Rosa Ann (Bradbury) Bullard

February 7, 1921 - March 1, 2014

Rosa Ann (Bradbury) Bullard, 93, of Madisonville went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at her home. A celebration of Rosa’s life is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at First Baptist Church of Madisonville with Rev. Troy Brooks and Rev. Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Madisonville City Cemetery.

Rosa was born on February 7, 1921 in the tiny community of Joseph in Waller County, the third and youngest daughter of Estella Rebecca (Williams) Bradbury and Thomas Leslie Bradbury. As a young child she moved with her family, first to Houston and then, to what was then known as Goose Creek, now Baytown, Texas. She was a 1939 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Goose Creek (Baytown) and an avid participant and fan of the Robert E. Lee High School Drill team, The Brigadiers.

Rosa Ann Bradbury and Wilburn Carlton Bullard, Jr., were married March 16, 1950 in Houston. They first lived in Houston near the Mrs. Baird’s bakery where they were tantalized daily by the aroma of the baking bread and other goods. They then moved to Wooster, now Baytown, Texas to be close to her husband’s place of employment. Together they raised a family of five children, two sons and three daughters.

After high school, during the Second World War, Rosa had worked as a switchboard operator at Camp Hulen, Texas, near Palacious, Texas and the Humble Oil and Refining refinery. She had also prior to her marriage worked at a synthetic rubber plant as a laboratory technician after the war. It was during her employment there that she met the man that would be her husband. After her marriage and with the arrival of her children she changed vocations to be a full time mother and house wife. Yet, her desire to be active and busy never left her and in the late 60’s she returned to the workplace as a switchboard operator. She initially returned to Exxon, as a switchboard operator as a temporary employee of Manpower. Yet fate and fortune were good to her and she was able to once again become a full time Exxon employee as a switchboard operator. For a while during the later part of her career with Exxon, she was the only switchboard operator for the entire Exxon refinery, the second largest in the continental United States. After her retirement from Exxon in 1985, she once again set a new course and moved to Madisonville, where she and her husband had property.

Rosa was a dedicated member of the Baptist Church. First, as a member of the Wooster Baptist Church in Baytown, and after her move to Madisonville, as a member of the First Baptist Church of Madisonville. Even after she had difficulty in attending services on Sunday morning, she could be found in her favorite chair joyfully singing along with the choir and congregation as she watched church services on television. She found great comfort in reading her Bible and studying her Sunday school lessons. Faith and family were at the center of her life, with that love including her extended family as well. She was a great lover also of cardinals (red birds), humming birds, flowers, African Violets, her cats, and of course the dogs. She was an accomplished seamstress, making many of her daughters dresses when they were younger, shirts and jackets for her sons, and keeping her husband’s work clothes repaired as well as working on quilts and upholstery. She was also a skilled cook and was at home in the kitchen, either preparing meals to feed her family of seven, or canning and preserving the fruits of a garden to grace her dinner table all during the year. She cared well for her family and doing so gave her great joy.

Rosa was preceded in death by her parents, her older sister, Montie Bradbury Strawther; younger brother, Thomas William Bradbury; her husband, Wilburn Carlton Bullard, Jr.; and oldest daughter, Julia Ann Bullard Nagel.

Survivors include her eldest sister, Lela Mae Morris of Lake Jackson; two sons, Wilburn Carlton Bullard III and Thomas Randall Bullard, both of Madisonville; two daughters, Kathi Bullard LaPointe, of Stafford and Martha Louree Bullard of Madisonville; son-in-law, Robert Harlan Nagel of Cuero, Texas; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Bullard Woods, Nathan Nagel, John Swatsell Jr., Timothy LaPointe, Lance Corporal Thomas LaPointe USMC, Jacob Bullard, Marcus Bullard, and their respective families including four great-grandchildren.

Memorials in Rosa’s name may be made to First Baptist Church Youth, 300 S. Elm St., Madisonville, Texas 77864, the American Cancer Society or the Still Creek Ranch, 6055 Hearne Rd., Bryan, Texas 77808.
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