Mary Elizabeth Stevenson Daughtrey, Obituary

Elizabeth S. Daughtrey, 96, passed away February 3, 2011 in Del Rio, Texas. Mary Elizabeth Stevenson Daughtrey was born on December 19, 1912 on the Stevenson Ranch on Cienegas Creek. In 1919, the family moved to the city so she could attend public schools. Her sister, Maude, was born on August 18, 1915.

Elizabeth married Howard Nixon on June 8, 1933. Of their marriage were born Bill Nixon and Nick Nixon. After a divorce she later married Elisha Robuck Daughtrey on June 30, 1951. They adopted Nick whose name was changed to Daughtrey. Elizabeth taught in Del Rio schools after graduating from Baylor University. She began teaching at age 19. Over the years she taught a variety of courses to three generations of Del Rioans.

She worked in many civic activities and was particularly proud of being a member of the New Century Club.

She and her husband Robuck lived both in town and the Buena Vista Ranch. They devoted themselves to travel and historical research. They spent a great deal of time at the Whitehead Memorial Museum, and were honored by having the Research Center Building named after them.

With James Long and Vernon Hayes, they compiled and published, “Historical Markers of Val Verde County, Texas” published in 1986.They then compiled historical works on Water Power in Del Rio, the Del Rio Telephone System; the local Weather Bureau. They completed a video on shearing and marking sheep for the Southwest collection at Texas Tech and compiled a video and history of all the buildings on Main Street in Del Rio.

Mrs. Daughtrey is survived by her son Nick and his son, Nixon Daughtrey, who reside in Houston.

She is also survived by her son Bill and his daughter, Carlyn Pfeuffer, her husband Michael and their two daughters, Katie and Laura, and by daughter, Cayton Janner, her husband Jeffrey and their son Jarod.

In lieu of usual remembrances memorial donations may be given to the Whitehead Museum of Del Rio, Texas.      

Entombment services will be held on Monday, 2:00P.M, February 7, 2011 at Sunset Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Officiating will be Reverend John Quigley

Funeral arrangements with G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, of Del Rio LTD, 114 Fletcher Drive, Del Rio, Texas.  78840   Ph: 830-775-2000.