Lillia Augusta Rosborough Davis, 88, passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 7, 2013, in Dallas, Texas. She was born January 26, 1925 in Marshall, Texas to Wyatt Barry Rosborough and Mary Rose Sedberry Rosborough, both members of pioneer Harrison County families.
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Lillia -Mama Lil-was a 1942 graduate of Marshall High School and attended East Texas Baptist College in Marshall. She married the love of her life, Jeff Davis on May 29, 1945, upon his return from the European Theater of Operations during World War II. They moved to College Station, Texas in January of 1946 where Jeff-Daddy Jeff-completed his education at Texas A&M University.
Mama Lil and Daddy Jeff moved back to Marshall where their two precious daughters, Daryl and Mary were born. In 1955, the family moved to Crockett, Texas and in 1956 their son Jeff Barry was born. Mama Lil was active in school and church activities while her children were growing up. She was secretary to the Board of Directors of the Davy Crockett-Trinity Soil and Water Conservation District for twenty-eight years and served for many years on the Monroe-Crook House Board of Directors. She was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church of Crockett, Texas.
Mama Lil and Daddy Jeff created a warm and loving home for their entire family and friends, too numerous to list. Many a fine weekend and holiday was spent in their company. Lillia was a generous hostess and spectacular cook who loved to please us with our favorite home cooked meals. Her culinary talents and her love for us was so great, that she gifted us bound copies of her priceless personal, handwritten recipes so that we may continue to enjoy our family favorites long into the future.
Caring and compassionate, curious and intelligent, Lillia loved life. Friends and strangers were drawn by her magnetic personality and giving heart. Through good times and bad, Mama Lil could be counted on to help us back on our feet, encourage us and give us hope. Her sense of humor and infectious laughter could ease your pain and she never shied away from intellectual debate. She will be missed by all.
Lillia Davis is survived by her daughter, Daryl Davis, Dallas; son Jeff Barry Davis, his wife, Silvia, Dallas; son-in-law Randolph J. Hopkins, Dallas; sister Janie Andrews, Pasadena, Texas; granddaughter Mary Kathryn Hopkins Holmes and husband Blake, Dallas; and granddaughter Scarlett Lillia Davis, Dallas and Austin, Texas; grandson Adam Truett Davis, Dallas and New Haven, CT. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, beloved friends and extended family members.
Lillia was preceded in death by Jeff, her loving husband and life partner of 54 years; daughter, Mary Ellen Davis Hopkins of Dallas, Texas; sister, Mary Rose Heath of Pasadena, Texas.
Funeral Service will be held at Sullivan Funeral Home, Marshall, Texas, at noon on December 21, 2013. Burial will follow at the family's historic Scottsville Cemetery, east of Marshall, Texas, which was established by her great, great grandparents, W.T. and Mary Rose Scott in 1834.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following organizations: BvB Dallas (Alzheimer's Research and Support Non Profit), P.O. Box 191403, Dallas, Texas 75219; Center for Brain Health, 2200 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75235; or to the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation www.txwoundedwarriors.com.
Online condolences may be offered at www.sullivan-funeralhome.com.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 18, 2013
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