Lubbock- On January 9, 2021 Dolores "Dee Dee" Poage Stewart Davenport, devoted wife and mother of four children, passed away at the age of 81.
Dee Dee was born on October 15, 1939 outside Plainview, TX. A lifetime resident of the Texas panhandle, Dee Dee grew up in Plainview, Cotton Center, and Tulia. In 1958 Dee Dee graduated from Tulia High School and married Everett Paul Stewart in August of that year. After getting married the young couple lived for a short time in Lubbock while they both attended Texas Tech University. In 1959 Paul enrolled in medical school and they moved to Galveston, TX.
In Galveston, Dee Dee and Paul welcomed their first daughter, Ronda, into the world. Shortly thereafter, Dee Dee gave birth to her second daughter, Karen. In order for Paul to complete his internship, the family had to relocate yet again and this time to Greeley, CO. During the short time that the Stewarts spent in Colorado, Dee Dee gave birth to her third child, Paul Jr. After a year in Colorado, Dee Dee returned with her family to the Texas panhandle where Paul began his career practicing medicine in Wheeler, TX while Dee Dee took care of the family at home.
In 1966, the family settled in Lubbock when Paul joined the medical practice of Drs. English, Hunt, and Upshaw. Soon after moving to Lubbock Dee Dee gave birth to her fourth child, Sandy. Dee Dee not only managed affairs at home, but also would later oversee the office of her husband's private medical practice as well. Dee Dee worked hard to give her family a beautiful life that was full of love.
Before they were married, Paul told Dee Dee that he would lose his kidneys someday and that he would eventually require dialysis for the rest of his life. In 1979 Paul began his kidney dialysis treatments. Dee Dee learned how to operate the dialysis machine at home and personally cared for Paul for 21 years until his passing in 2000. Dee Dee once said that learning how to give her husband his dialysis treatments at home was one of the greatest accomplishments of her life.
In 2003 Dee Dee married Monty Davenport. The two met on a church retreat in Glorieta, NM. During the 8 years that they were married Dee Dee and Monty enjoyed traveling together and spending time with their respective families.
Dee Dee attended Second Baptist Church where she served as a deacon for many years. Dee Dee was an active member of the community at Second Baptist and counted many lifelong friends among the congregation. Along with church, Dee Dee and Paul loved to travel and took their family on numerous vacations. Dee Dee was very active in her local community and had many friends throughout her life. Dee Dee was blessed with a large, extended family and found great joy in staying connected with even the most distant members of her family tree.
Dee Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and her second husband, Monty. She is survived by her children and their respective spouses Ronda and Rodney Stewart-Wilcox, Karen and Craig Alderson, Paul and Laurie Stewart Jr. and Sandy Stewart; she is survived by six grandchildren, Austin Stewart, Sara Morgan, Reid Stewart, Micah Stewart-Wilcox, Anna Stewart-Wilcox, and Abigail Stewart; along with Dee Dee's numerous cousins, second cousins, and extended family throughout West Texas and beyond. All of these souls Dee Dee loved and touched deeply.
Please join us in celebrating her life on January 23, 2021. Information can be found by joining the Dee Dee Stewart Davenport Memorial Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/408708140240076
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Memorials can be made to the Dr. E. Paul Stewart Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of West Texas at 6102 82nd Street, Suite #8b, Lubbock, TX 79424, (806) 762-8061 or at https://www.cfwtx.org/give-now
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