Barbara Elinor (Appelt) DeCosta, of Brenham, Texas, passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on August 18, 2019, at Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan, Texas.

Barbara was born May 19, 1933, in Alvin, Texas, to Claude and Margaret Holloway. She married Bill Appelt and centered on raising three sons and one daughter in Alvin, Texas, until they were grown  before moving to California with her daughter, Teresa. She later married Jim Decosta in the late 80s and lived in Carmichael, California, until 2017.

As a devoted homemaker, Barbara loved shopping, cooking, gardening and taking care of her flowers. In California, she took up archery, camping at Jackson Meadows and other places, taking care of her special roses and her orange tree.  She loved fishing, watching western movies and Hallmark movies as a pastime. She treasured the time when her  kids and grandkids would come visit her.

She will be missed dearly by her friends and family. She is survived by her three sons: Gary Appelt, David Appelt and Mark Appelt; daughter, Teresa Utterback; and her daughters-in-law, Nina Appelt and Claudia Appelt. Grandchildren include Amber Appelt, Brandon Appelt and spouse Carolyn Appelt, Garrett Appelt and spouse Genna Appelt, Jamie Appelt and Derek Krause. Great-grandchildren include Aiden Appelt and a special grand-dog, Molli.

She is also survived by a sister, Sara Jeanne McWilliams and a brother, Hugh Thomas Holloway. Special cousins include Barry and Joann Hollenbeck. Special friends include Sandy Smith of Folsom, California, and Eunice Goodwin of Cameron Park, California, and many others.

Preceding her in death were her  parents, Margaret and Claude Holloway; first husband, Bill Appelt; second husband, Jim DeCosta;  daughter-in-law, Dorllyn Appelt; son-in-law, Mark Utterback; and sister, Claudia Anderson.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses at Hospice Brazos Valley and her caregivers, Stacey Hopes, Grace Dixon, Brittany Booker and Tudy Adams.

Visitation for Barbara DeCosta will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham, Texas.

A second set of services is pending at Lind Brothers in  Carmichael, California, with interment in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility, 1600 Joseph Drive, Bryan, TX 77802 ( 979-821-5030)

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