Daphne Lenore Osborne left this world to be with the angels on August 16, 2013 following a three year battle with cancer. Born to Ned and Margaret Mendoza Smith in Seattle, WA on April 4, 1952 she spent most of her early years in the San Francisco Bay area where she graduated from California State Hayward with a Masters in English Literature. A natural entertainer, she excelled as a high school teacher. She set aside her teaching career with the birth of her first son and her husband's job transfer to Cleveland.
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Never one to sit still or let job transfers deter her passion for serving others, she kept busy whether as a Hockey mom spending countless hours in cold, dingy rinks throughout the U.S., Canada, England and Europe or filling her calling to community service. Daphne served as a docent in Houston, helped on Alter Guild and arranged fund raisers for the Cleveland Orchestra in Ohio and ran a scout troop in Surrey. After her final move in 1992 to Houston, Daphne supported many church and school programs at St. Francis and focused her talents as an educator and entertainer on confronting the issue of addiction as a family disease. She became a Licensed Chemical Dependency Councilor, earned a Masters in Psychology from Houston Baptist University, and a Masters Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Houston-Clearlake. She sponsored parents in PDAP, counseled mothers and families at Santa Maria Hostel and felons in transition at Abundance Living.
Daphne is preceded in death by her father, Ned and sister, Melanie. She is survived by her husband, Michael; sons, Jason, Garrett and Brendan; daughter in-law, Margo; mother, Margaret; sisters, Jill and Chris; grandchildren, Shane, Reagan, Hudson and Sophia; niece, Emily and nephews, Alex and Theron.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 345 Piney Point Rd., Houston, TX 77024 at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2013.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please direct contributions to St. Francis Endowment Fund, Palmer Drug Abuse Program or MD Anderson Cancer Center. Condolences may be offered at www.millerfuneral.com
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 30, 2013