- April 13, 1918 - April 19, 2012
- Cedar Park, Texas
of Elizabeth's Passing
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“Thank you David, for all the wonderful stories of your mother. I know two little boys that have been praying for you and your family. We love you.
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“I was a member of that third grade class when Mrs. Rowe met Dr. Wupperman. Mrs. Rowe fostered my love of reading and helped develop my love of...Read More »
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“There were always open arms to greet and comfort every person who ever walked through her door. Her love of children is beyond any other, and not...Read More »
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Elizabeth Knox Rowe Wupperman, a longtime resident of Austin and Cedar Park, died on April 19, 2012, in Georgetown, Texas, under the compassionate supervision of the staff of Wesleyan at Scenic and Austin Hospice. She was 94.
Known to her many friends as Liz, she was born Demaris Elizabeth Knox on April 13, 1918, to Robert Randolph Knox and Beneva Claire Withers Knox. She arrived at home on her family's farm near Slidell in Denton County, Texas. She was fourth of five children, and the only girl. As she wrote in a 1996 memoir, growing up with four brothers made her thoroughly resilient and her mother was sometimes hard-put to overcome her tomboy ways with ribbons and dresses.
On both her mother's and father's sides, she was descended from men who served in the Continental Army. Her maternal great-great-great grandfather, George Michael Bedinger, was the youngest major to serve under George Washington, and went on to assist in securing the American frontier, including protecting Fort Boonesboro, during the Indian Wars. Her paternal ancestors, the Knoxes and Hamiltons, have a long history in America from colonial times.
Even in Liz's farming family, education was an important objective. Her mother's father, John Allen Withers, taught Latin in a Springfield, Missouri college, and his wife, Mary America Coleman, was tutored by her own mother, Anne Bedford, who had been educated at a convent in England. Liz's uncle, Harry Withers, was editor of the Dallas Morning News for more than 30 years, and her grandfather Withers had given land for the founding of Texas Normal College and Teachers' Training Institute in Denton, from which Liz would later graduate -- as a teacher.
As a young man, Liz's father, Robert Knox, spent five years in the Alaskan gold fields, and his children grew up with stories of tent towns, miners, the sun shining at midnight, and a tent city called Gold Hill. He owned a mine with his cousin, Henry Hamilton, and the stories of their adventures -- plus her father's unfulfilled desire to go back -- gave Liz a lifelong yearning to visit Alaska. She finally succeeded, some 50 years later.
After graduating from the University of North Texas (then North Texas State Teachers College), Liz began teaching in Trinidad, Texas, where she met a handsome young widower and war veteran named Joseph Rowe.
Joseph had two adorable children, George and Mary, 10 and 8, and when he and Liz married in 1941, she acquired an instant family. They moved to Austin, where Joseph pursued his degree at the University of Texas, and Liz taught until their son Joseph Jr. was born in 1942. She went back to teaching, but her career was interrupted by the births of Benjamin in 1945 and Ann in 1946. She was soon back in the classroom.
Tragically, Liz was widowed herself when her husband died of a stroke in the summer of 1951. They had just moved to Arlington, Virginia, where Joseph, a chemical engineer, had obtained a job with the Natural Rubber Bureau. Liz packed up her five children and moved back to Austin. She resumed teaching and the family lived in a two-bedroom duplex on Bull Creek Road. By this time, George and Mary were in college.
One year Liz had a cute little brown-eyed boy in her third grade class at Highland Park Elementary, named David. He had a younger sister, Johanna. Their mother had passed away a few years before. David loved his teacher and insisted that his dad, Dr. Walter Wupperman, a veterinarian, come to PTA. Walter was a native Austinite from a line of Texas Germans that included artists Hermann Lungkwitz, his great-grandfather, and Richard Petri, his great-great uncle. When he and Liz met, it was as if they already knew each other. Walter proposed to her to the strains of Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream," and thus in 1954, Liz again married a handsome widower with two adorable children.
She and Walter each adopted the other's minor children, and thus a rowdy and loving family was born. They moved to a modern L-shaped house on 25 acres in the woods outside of Austin, on a country road called Balcones Trail, now known as MoPac and Steck. It took that much land, plus a milk cow and a succession of pet dogs, to get the last five kids to adulthood.
Their union was a happy one, filled with barbecues, large Christmas and Easter gatherings, camping trips, many "music nights" (a group of friends listening to the Wuppermans' beloved classical music), a succession of surrogate children, and 10 grandchildren, until Walter's death in 1986. Against daunting odds, they made it work, and Liz's greatest pride was that her children all got along and loved each other all her long life.
After her second widowhood, Liz indulged her love of travel and took many trips with friends and relatives. She regularly visited her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Gary Seaman, in Los Angeles where Gary is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern California. One of their traditions was picnicking at the Hollywood Bowl and then taking in a concert that included Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream".
Liz was a charter member of Cedar Park Methodist Church and also a member of St. Philip's Methodist Church. She had lifelong friends from both houses of worship, and many other friends from all walks of life. She is succeeded by six of her seven children (George Rowe, a Navy pilot, died in 1956) and ten grandchildren.
A visitation will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar, on Monday evening, April 23, from 6-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at St. Philip's United Methodist Church, 16321 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock Texas, on Tuesday, April 24. Viewing will be at 9 a.m. and service at 10 a.m., with burial immediately following at Bagdad Cemetery, located at the intersection of FM 2243 and Bagdad Road in Leander, Texas.
Anyone wishing to donate in memory of Elizabeth Wupperman, please contact Austin Hospice, 800-445-3261 or Wesleyan at Scenic, 512-863-9511.