2013-05-16 / Obituaries

Rosalie Hattie Mitschke Davenport


Rosalie Hattie Mitschke Davenport passed away after a long and full life on Friday morning, May 10, 2013. Known as Rose, Rosie, and The Granny to her family and friends, Rose was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, a devout Lutheran and a lifelong animal lover.

Born on November 28, 1921 on the family farm in Loebau, Texas, one of ten surviving children to Oswald and Emma (Bennad) Mitschke, Rose is survived by her children, Fairy Davenport Rutland of Austin and Pastor John Marshall Davenport and wife Lynn Davenport of Walburg. She leaves behind her grandchildren, Heather Rutland and partner, Paula Whitlock, of Austin, Emily Malerich and husband, Matthew, of Valencia, California, Michael Rutland and wife, Allen, of Shanghai, China, Jenna Leer and husband, Jonathan, of Fort Worth, Connor Davenport of San Antonio, and Logan Davenport of College Station. Also surviving her are Roses’ siblings, Ella Schaefer and brother-in-law, E.B. of Austin, Arthur “Sonny” Mitschke of Giddings, and Joyce “Mickie” Mitchke and brother-inlaw, Marvin of Giddings and a tremendous extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Rose was a life-long Lutheran, and at the time of her passing was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg. Her strong faith impacted every aspect of her life, and she was a living example of love and forgiveness to all who knew her. The embodiment of sweetness and generosity, she was the glue that held a large and sometimes unruly family together, setting an example for others and leaving an important and lasting legacy on how to live in this world.

After high school, Rose moved to the “big city” of Austin. After being wooed by then University of Texas law school student John Davenport into abandoning her waitress post at The Chicken Shack, Rose and John were married in December 1942 and were blessed with 55 years together until his death in 1998. During that time they raised a family, became cattle ranchers, helped start the Austin-Travis County Humane Society, saved countless stray animals, cultivated all manner of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, traveled to Europe, and served as an example of true and abiding love for those that knew them.

Always active, Rose helped create the Elroy Community Library, and served on its Board for many years. An avid sports fan, Rose spent much of her time following college and pro athletics, and could often be found on the sidelines cheering her grandchildren on during baseball, softball, basketball and football seasons. She was also a ruthless domino player, a terrific cook, the life of most parties, a trusted advisor, and an incorrigible chocolate lover.

Rose’s family wants to express its profound thanks and deep gratitude to Margaret and Gomer Lopez and their family for five and a half years of devoted, loving and attentive care and friendship.

A memorial service was held at Zion Lutheran Church, Walburg, on May 14, after the committal at Giddings Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 6001 FM 1105, Georgetown, Texas, 78626 or Austin Pets Alive!, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas, 78703.

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