Daphene H. Clarke

  • Born: July 29, 1916
  • Died: January 28, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Daphene H. Clarke, 102, went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. In her final days, she was surrounded by the continuous love of her family. She was born Lillian Daphene Hairston in Eddy, Texas on July 29, 1916. She was preceded in death by her parents, Perle and Roy Hairston, and her beloved younger sister, Jean Hairston Wayland. Daphene moved to Temple, Texas when she was nine years old and graduated from Temple High School in 1934. A highlight of her life was time spent at Ithaca College in New York where she studied, made many friends and traveled in the northeast. She worked as a secretary in the Dean's office during those years to help pay her tuition. In 1938, she left college to marry Thomas Walton Schulze, who happened to be a handsome older brother of her best girlfriend in Temple. Daphene and Tom lived on The Schulze Ranch overlooking Austin's Lake Travis for much of their forty-one years of marriage.

When Tom Senior passed away in 1979, Daphene moved to Lufkin to be near her mother and sister. Four years later, she married Dr. George L. Clarke, a widower. They were devoted partners for the next thirty-four years. They prayed with each other daily and shared the love of family, friends and life's simple blessings. Together, they had quality living and ever-grateful hearts. They felt so blessed by all their friends and caretakers at PineCrest Retirement Community in Lufkin. George passed away in December 2015, at the age of 105. Daphene spent her final years at The Franklin Park Alamo Heights in San Antonio, Texas, near Tom and his wife Linda. She adjusted to her late in life move with grace and was very active in her new community.

Daphene loved to travel, decorate (especially at Christmas), sing and write songs. She was a great storyteller and even authored "The Happy Window"- a children's book dedicated to her granddaughters. She was steadfastly humble, gracious, glamorous, generous and joyful. She also appreciated the simple pleasures in life, particularly any kind of milk chocolate! She was a founding member of the Junior League of Lufkin and a devoted member of First Christian Church in Lufkin.

Daphene is survived by her son, Thomas Walton Schulze M.D. and his wife, Linda, three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Her family affectionately called her "Mama D." She was deeply devoted to them and keenly interested in every detail of their lives. Her grandchildren are Suzanne Youngkin (husband Glenn), Beth Robison (husband Chase) and Cynda Wroten (husband Eric). Daphene's great grandchildren are Grant, Anna, John and Thomas Youngkin, Braxton and Kate Robison, and Luke and Gil Wroten. She is also survived by three of George's children, who were like her own, Ellen Temple, Susan Glade and George Clarke (wife Susan), as well as nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren from the Clarke family.

Even at 102, Daphene remained young in spirit and quick-witted. Her deep faith provided the foundation of her contentment and grateful outlook in all circumstances.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 23 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church Lufkin, St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church Lufkin or to the charity of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Next door neighbors to Mr. And Mrs. Clarke on Sunset in Lufkin, TX. Lovely people to live by when I was younger. She was a class act with a beautiful smile I will never forget.

Posted by Carol Brazil Brown - Lufkin, TX - Neighbor   February 22, 2019

Still extremely thankful for the Schulze's donation of land to the Anderson Mill Gardeners and Memorial back in 1961 and 1965.
Roger Shull, Treasurer, Anderson Mill Memorial, Inc.

Posted by Roger Shull - Volente, TX - Friend   February 10, 2019

Tom, Your mother has been in my life forever. I will miss her. What a wonderful life she lived.
Bill Royle

Posted by William Royle - Lufkin, TX - Friend   February 05, 2019

Daphene was one of my Mother's best friends. When my Mom passed away in 1993, Daphene became an even closer part of those days so long ago. I was blessed to visit the Schulze Ranch and enjoy big Tom's playing the piano and entertaining us. And years later, my husband David and I were blessed to visit Daphene and George in Lufkin . They were so cute. Interested in everybody and everything . As a young adult, I had lived and worked in New York City. Daphene never stopped wanting to know about New York and the latest fashion, etc. And we couldn't wait each year to receive their holiday card George had designed on the computer. What a beautiful, adorable, fashionable lady. Oh I'm going to miss her.

Posted by Martha Tiller - Dallas, TX   February 04, 2019

Don and I are so blessed to have been friends with Daphene. She was the epitome of beauty, grace, and dignity, displayed by unselfish love. Her love of family was always evident.
We remember fondly being at dances with her and George in the ballroom in Nacogdoches and Cotillion Club in Lufkin and continued friendship through the years. She will be missed.
We pray God's comfort for all the family.

Robbie & Don Wier

Posted by Don & Robbie Wier - Lufkin, TX - Friend   February 03, 2019

Tom and family, so sad to hear of your mother's passing. She was a kind and beautiful lady. I have fond memories of her from our childhood in Brykerwoods and later at the Schulze Ranch. You were very fortunate to have had her for 102 years. May the memories of her help sustain you and your family. Your friend and patient, Alan Curtis.

Posted by Alan Curtis - Austin, TX - Friend   February 03, 2019

Daphene was a friend of my mother's. She was such a warm and vivacious lady! I still have my copy of The Happy Window from 1975. Prayers for her family. I know she will be greatly missed.

Posted by Jennifer Carroll - Cedar Creek, TX   February 03, 2019

I knew your mother when she was at PineCrest in Lufkin. Such an amazing soul. Such a beautiful lady inside and out. Kim Davis

Posted by Kim Davis - Lufkin, TX - Friend   February 02, 2019

I was so fortunate to know Mrs. Clarke when I worked at PineCrest Retirement Community in Lufkin. She was one of the most gracious, beautiful ladies I've ever known. Just being in her presence always made a person feel happy, and I always came away from our visits feeling enriched and inspired by her warm and happy nature. The world has lost a very special lady, but heaven has gained a true angel.

Posted by Juli Engel - Austin, TX - Acquaintance   February 02, 2019

Daphene was the most beautiful, and precious, Mother-in-law I could have hoped for, and I will love her always. Susan Clarke

Posted by Susan Clarke - Reno, NV - Daughter   February 01, 2019

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