Dolores "Dee Dee" Stewart Davenport

of Lubbock, TX

October 15, 1939 - January 9, 2021

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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 OR by emailing us at

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 (reference “Dee Dee Davenport” in the ‘Add a Note’ box).

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7 Condolence(s)
Claudia Bradley
Lubbock, TX
Thursday, January 21, 2021

I loved knowing Dee Dee for more than forty years. There was never a time that I saw Dee Dee that she didn’t have a smile on her face and an encouraging word.
In these last years I loved watching how compassionately her children cared for her. What a beautiful legacy she leaves.
All of our love,
Claudia Bradley

Charles and Jana Johnson
Fort Worth, TX
Saturday, January 16, 2021

Dee Dee was a gift to the church and the world. She incarnated beauty, grace, and joy to everyone with whom she came in contact. I had the privilege of serving her and her family as her pastor for a dozen years. No church ever had a more lovely, affirming co-minister and member. I lift this sister up to the Lord as one of God's choicest servants. Rest in peace, Dee Dee, my dear friend. And rise in Glory!

Neva Knight
Dallas, TX
Saturday, January 16, 2021

Though many years have passed since I first met the Stewarts back in my college days, you all still hold a very special place in my heart. I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She lived a great life and I know she will be deeply missed. May God give you comfort and peace. Love always, Neva

Susie Jaime Sodec
Lubbock, TX
Friday, January 15, 2021

Dee Dee was such a lovely and loving person. I first met Dee Dee when she and Dr. Stewart hired me to join their medical practice in 1994. I knew nothing about the medical field and learned so much from Dee Dee. She was always so encouraging and forthcoming with information. I grew to love her and Dr. Stewart as my second set of parents. I truly enjoyed working for them and even when Dr. Stewart's retired, we stayed in touch. After Dr. Stewart's passing, Dee Dee and I remained close friends. She was truly one of a kind. I am so grateful to have been a part of her life. She will be truly missed. My condolences and prayers to all of the family. Heaven has most definitely gained another angel. Rest in peace Dee Dee! We love you!

Bobbie Wilson
Lubbock, TX
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Love you all! Bobbie

David and Jan Poage
Bellaire, TX
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Dee Dee was among the most terrific people I have had the pleasure of knowing. She live a full and long life, had a great family and has left behind a legacy that will be long remembered.

Ann and Myron Beard
Denver, CO
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Myron and I send our heartfelt condolences and love to Dee Dee’s whole family, and we are deeply sorry for you great loss. Even though we left Lubbock over 30 years ago, we will ever forget her kind and gracious spirit. It was our honor and privilege to know her and I know my deceased husband, the Reverend John Claypool, felt the same way. May God’s comfort and strengthen her loved ones more each day.