Lola Bell Donaldson Chase

Lola Bell Donaldson Chase, of Waco, closed her eyes and in peaceful sleep was surrounded by cousins, Bertha Mitchell, Phyllis Ward, Morris Jean Dobbins, and niece Wanda Brooks on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Celebration of Life Service: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 11:00AM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 4911 N. IH 35, Waco, Texas.

Lola Bell Donaldson Chase was born November 26, 1929 in Giddings, Texas. She was the oldest of three born to the late Oscar and Etta V. Donaldson. She was educated in Giddings and graduated from A. J. Moore High School in Waco, TX. Upon her graduation from high school, she attended Prairie View A & M University and graduated from Paul Quinn College with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

Lola married the love of her life, Clarence E. Chase, Sr. on April 9, 1950 in Waco and they enjoyed 42 years of marriage until his death in 1992. To this union two children were born, Vivian Diane Chase-Poole who proceed her in death in 1998 and Clarence E. Chase, Jr. She truly loved family and never missed a Dobbins reunion.

Lola loved sharing her knowledge with others, especially children and young adults. This moved her to open Chase’s Preschool & Nursery. She later began teaching in the Waco Independent School District, serving as an educator for over 40 years. Upon her retirement she realized her passion for teaching was not quite finished so she entered into the substitute ranks and worked until becoming ill.

Lola continued her love for learning by studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses which moved her to dedicate her life to Jehovah and was baptized May 15, 1976. She served Jehovah faithfully for 40 years sharing the good news of God’s Kingdom (Matt. 24:14). We look forward to the fulfillment of Jehovah’s promise recorded at John 5:28 and 29 when we will welcome her back by means of the resurrection.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Donaldson & Etta V. Estelle; husband, Clarence E. Chase, Sr.; daughter & son in-law, Vivian Diane Chase-Poole & Trachanzie (Chan) Pedro Poole, Jr.; grandson, Trachanzie (Chan-Chan) Pedro Poole, III; sister, Etta Bernice Donaldson Burns; step-sister, Doris Bradley-Beard; brother, Charles Donaldson, Sr., and step-brother, Booker Bradley; niece, Judy Burns-Lamb; and daughter in-law, Evelyn Ann Chatman Chase.

Lola is survived by her son, Clarence E. Chase, Jr. (fiancé De Anna); grandson, Clarence E. Chase, III, all of Waco, TX; two granddaughters, Amberly D’Anna Poole, Ft. Worth, TX and Ava L. Chatman, Waco, TX; great grandchildren, Austin Chatman and Jayla Wright, Waco, TX; aunt, Lula Mae Dobbins, Waco, TX; special cousin, Denolis Moore, Giddings, TX; sister in-law, Barbara Donaldson, Colorado, sister in-law, Vivian Chase Thompson, Waco, TX; sister in-law Florence Chase, New Jersey; brother in-law, Welton Chase, Sr., New Jersey, sister in-law Linda Chase, Colorado; sister in-law Daisy Chase, North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Lola had a special place in her heart for her sister and brother’s children. A special word of thanks to her niece and caregiver during her illness, Wanda Brooks.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses , 4911 N. I-35; Waco, TX 76705



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Condolence Messages

  1. Betty Joe (Chase) O'Brien,

    Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of Your Mom, Grandma and our dear Aunt Lola. We know that it is hard to bear right now, but remember that death is only the end of the physical life and the beginning of an eternal life. May our family provide prayers and need support to ease you and the family through this difficult time.

  2. Welcome home Aunt Lola!

  3. Peggy McAdoo-Brown

    Oh how I will miss Sister Chase, her warm smile and encouraging words. She truly loved Jehovah. I will hold onto these memories until Jehovah awakens you once more.

    With deepest sympathy
    Peggy Brown

  4. Charles & Sarah Wells

    Amberly and family, our hearts go out to you all with much sympathy and empathy. Sister chase is resting and soon Jehovah will be awakening her with no sickness–Isa. 33:24. We all look forward to that time. As Hebrews 6:19 states–“We have this hope as an anchor for our soul, both sure and firm.” She was a very sweet and caring sister and friend. She will be greatly missed. You all are in our prayers. Sincerely, Charles and Sarah Wells

  5. Pat Frank-Estelle

    I only knew her as sister Chase. I knew her daughter Diane and son-in-law Chan Poole. I knew she knew me well and also knew my family, especially my Aunt Ruby Williams and my cousin Marie Horne. I also knew she was the sweetest woman. She always had a smile on her face and a hug for anyone and everyone. She was kind and gentle. She was a true lady in every sense. I also know that Jehovah will remember her when this old system is gone. John 5:28, 29 promises that she will be one of those in the memorial tombs that will rise when He calls them out. My prayers for your strength and patience and endurance for the times ahead that you must face without her guidance. Trust in Jehovah and He will give you comfort when everyone and everything else stops.

  6. I remember one day as a high school student she was our substitute teacher, she spoke to us with such pride and commitment, her voice and manner of speaking were exemplary, I instantly fell in love with her. And even though I only knew her a short time, I could tell she was a very knowledgeable human being, so compassionate and loving, it breaks my heart to hear this Ill news, but I know she’s in a better place where all her work for the living will be rewarded.

  7. Felicia franklin

    I just caint believe god has called you home. Mama lola. U will foever b n my heart my sweet llola b chase ❤❤?????

  8. Rev. Larry Wayne Chase

    To the family, she was always the same…sweet, gentle and loving. She was my “Auntie”, the only one I knew for most of my childhood, so every aunt was compared to ” her” :). She told me once, “Tommie Lee would be proud of you”, during one of our talks at the kitchen table…it’s where we always talked. Her ministering love and self-giving sacrifice for us are beyond our power to reward. She was a true picture of God’s love. I know God, is too loving to be mean and too wise to make a mistake. He will see us through.

  9. Hey Mr. Chase, On behalf on my father and myself, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of bereavement, Your mother was not only my Preschool and Nursery teacher, she was a good mentor in the time of my troubles these recent years. It was funny we lived around the corner from each other and the only time that we saw each other was either at Waco High where she subbed several times and all the time at Wal-Mart. Remember to put God first and He will direct your path. I won’t say its going to be easy because it’s not with me losing my mother almost 14 years ago. Sorry that we can’t make it to the services but we will be there in spirit.

  10. Amberly,

    To try and describe the loss is impossible, to believe and know that she will be expecting to see us again keeps the hope of the resurrection alive. Knowing that Jehovah can not lie and has promised that “He Will Call” and she will answer makes the journey bearable. Hang in there and remember Rev. 21:4.

    I’ve always been right where you needed me to be and can ride my bus at any time. (Smile) Your Big Cuz!

  11. Hello my name is Allen Younger, I am not in her blood family but I was one of her students for 4th grade and 5th grade. But I will say I miss her alot, she treated me as a person not as alot of others have because they don’t understand me due to my disorder, I have yet to find another to compare to her. She showed love and compassion for helping others to brighten their lives . She may be physically gone but never from our hearts. We shall see each other again and our sadness shall become joy.

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