Elenora Cawthon Obituary

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Elenora Cawthon

December 6, 1917 - June 1, 2014
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Elenora Albrecht Cawthon was born December 6, 1917, in Mission Valley, Texas, the elder daughter of Lillie Lassmann Albrecht and Otto H. Albrecht. She went to her heavenly home on June 1, 2014, in Carrollton, Texas. Visitation with the family will be from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., and funeral services at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mission Valley, with Pastor Leslie Judge officiating. Interment will follow immediately afterward in Mission Valley Cemetery. Accomplished, fun, fiercely intelligent, and religious, Elenora was a memorable presence. She attended Patti Welder High School and Victoria Junior...
Elenora Albrecht Cawthon was born December 6, 1917, in Mission Valley, Texas, the elder daughter of Lillie Lassmann Albrecht and Otto H. Albrecht. She went to her heavenly home on June 1, 2014, in Carrollton, Texas. Visitation with the family will be from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., and funeral services at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mission Valley, with Pastor Leslie Judge officiating. Interment will follow immediately afterward in Mission Valley Cemetery.

Accomplished, fun, fiercely intelligent, and religious, Elenora was a memorable presence. She attended Patti Welder High School and Victoria Junior College before earning a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1938. After obtaining a master's degree from UT in 1939, she taught in public schools in Bandera and Woodsboro. Elenora met John Ardis Cawthon at UT-Austin when they were graduate students; they married at Zion Lutheran Church in Mission Valley in 1948, one day before receiving their doctorates. They lived for several years in Russellville, Arkansas, where she worked at Arkansas Tech University in student services. They then spent 50 years in Ruston, Louisiana.

While at Louisiana Tech, she served as Director of the Placement Office, Dean of Student Services, and Vice President for Student Affairs--the first female vice president at Louisiana Tech. She was President of the College Placement Council in 1972-73. She advised campus groups such as student government, Mortar Board, and Phi Kappa Phi. She was a faculty sponsor for Tech ski trips well into her 80s, riding snowmobiles to nearby towns.

Upon her retirement from Louisiana Tech in 1989, she was appointed to the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana State University system. She was a longtime board member of LifeShare Blood Center. She was an active participant in Delta Kappa Gamma, the Pierian Club, Rotary International, the Gottschalk Music Society, and the Business and Professional Women's Club. She was an expert needleworker; several generations cherished her Christmas stockings and afghans.

She was a devoted member and organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ruston. To return to Mission Valley and especially to Zion Lutheran Church, which her parents had helped found, was a privilege. At Zion she contributed to Ruth Circle, the quilters' group, and the home meals ministry. It was typical of her to begin restoration of the family farmhouse at age 88.

Several dedicated caregivers assisted her, including Olivia Rivas, Faith Nygato, the staff of TexSen Residential Care Homes, and Faith Presbyterian Hospice. She was profoundly grateful to Dr. Bradley Bowman, Dr. Gary Edd Fish, and Randy Trawnik, for not only the gift of sight but also their great kindness.

She joins parents, sister Josephine, cousin Dorothy, cherished in-laws Jim, Annis, and Maggie Lee, nephew John Robert, and her beloved John Ardis. Elenora leaves to celebrate her life daughter Elisabeth, son-in-law Steve, and grandchildren Elisabeth and Alexandra, as well as family members Nita Cawthon, Marilyn and Earl Mayfield, Richard Cawthon, Beth, Nall, Eli, Walker, and Ella Grace Gearheard, Jim Saunders, Susan Saunders, and Mei-Lin Saunders, and many dear friends, especially in Ruston and Mission Valley.

Pallbearers will be Curtis Albrecht, Evan Gisler, Charles Lassmann, Larry Reinecke, and Travis Reinecke.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the John Ardis Cawthon Scholarship Fund, College of Education, P.O. Box 3163, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272; the John Robert Cawthon Scholarship, Austin Theological Seminary, 100 E. 27th St., Austin, TX 78705; Zion Lutheran Church, 12183 FM 236, Victoria, TX 77905; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3000 N. Trenton St., Ruston, LA 71270; and Rejoice Lutheran Church, 532 E. Sandy Lake Road, Coppell, TX, 75019.

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