2017-01-26 / Obituaries

Carolyn Smith Walther

Carolyn Smith Walther of Houston, Texas (formerly of Giddings, Texas) entered the gates of Heaven on January 20, 2017 at the age of 77, after battling cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Carol was born October 7, 1939 in Akron, Colorado, the third child of parents John and Ruth Smith, who baptized her into the Christian faith in 1945. Carol spent her childhood and teen years in Denver, Colorado. After graduating high school, she attended Parks School of Business from 1957 to 1958, fully expecting to live out her life in Colorado.

Then she met a country boy from Texas. The country boy was also an airman in the U.S. Air Force, and they fell in love. On August 7, 1960, Carol married Marvin Walther in Denver.Carol and Marvin moved to Austin, Texas, where she took up her calling as a devoted wife. After a brief stop in Columbus, Mississippi, they moved to Houston, where she served as full-time mom to Rodney, Glenda, and Karen. Inspired by the Bible verse “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15), she ensured that her family attended church and that her children received a strong Christian education.

After her children were grown, Carol used her business background to serve others. She coordinated summer campers for the San Jacinto Girl Scouts (Houston), assisted property appraisers for the Travis County Appraisal District (Austin), and did bookkeeping for Jaeger’s (Giddings).

For years, this daughter of the Rockies proudly called Texas home. Whether raising a family in the suburbs of Houston or living out retirement on the Giddings farm she shared with Marvin, Carol built a life based on a commitment to family and a strong faith in God. She will be dearly missed.

Carol was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Marvin Walther; parents John and Ruth Smith; brother Richard “Dick” Smith; and brother-in-law Phil Going.

Carol is survived by her son Rodney and Susan Walther of Sugar Land, Texas; daughter Glenda and Curtis Davis of Serbin, Texas; daughter Karen and Jimmy Roberts of Spring, Texas; nine grandchildren (Lee and Brittany Davis, Kimberly and Billy Davis, James and Briana Davis, Tony and Natasha Davis, Lisa and Lance Sublett, Justin Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Brian and Lisa Walther, and Kaitlyn Roberts); eight greatgrandchildren (Ariel Davis, Kaleigh Davis, Addison Davis, Tyler Davis, Brielle Roberts, Elliott Sublett, Kaydence Davis, and Anya Davis); brother Donald Smith of Aurora, Colorado; sister Nancy Jo “Jo Ann” Inman of Westminster, Colorado; sister-in-law Ann Smith of Longmont, Colorado; sister-in-law Shirley Going of Round Top, Texas; and sister-in-law Mary and Bill Peikert of Athens, Texas.

As a memorial, Carol requested that donations be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church— Cemetery Fund.

Frances Irene Schulz

Frances Irene (Schramm) Schulz was born on February 14, 1942 in Loebau, Texas, the daughter of Carl “Charlie” August Schramm and Clara “Tillie” Otellia (Fritsche) Schramm. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau. Frances was united in marriage to Alvin Lee Schulz on April 4, 1959 at Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau by Rev. Benjamin Rathgeber. Frances was a loving and devoted homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau and enjoyed reading.

Frances passed away the morning of Monday, January 23, 2017 at Oakland Manor Nursing Center in Giddings.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Tillie Schramm; her husband, Alvin Schulz and her son-in-law, William Cook.

Frances is survived by her three children, Linda Cook of Giddings, Alvin Schulz, Jr. of Lincoln and Sherry Rodriguez & her husband, Andy of Giddings; five grandchildren, Michelle Cook of Giddings, Rachel Cook of Giddings, Kristen Rodriguez of San Marcos, Kimberly Rodriguez of Giddings and Andrew Rodriguez of Giddings; her stepmother, Augusta Schramm; three sisters, Ruby Nimtz, Helen Spencer and Edna Schramm, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes, a private service for the immediate family was held with burial following in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Loebau, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lee County Area Cancer Resource Center, 165 West Austin Street, Giddings,Texas 78942 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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