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Daphene H. Clarke

Obituary for Daphene H. Clarke

July 29, 1916 - January 28, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 102


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.

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  • 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.

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