Mary Jo Dewees Elkins | katy times


Mary Jo Dewees Elkins was born to Joe B. and Mary Crowhurst Dewees on October 29, 1924 in Hempstead, Texas, and died at her home in Katy, Texas on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the age of 96. . On August 9, 1942, she married James Kenneth Elkins in Hempstead. They were lucky to have three daughters, Marilyn, Elizabeth and Deborah.

She was the oldest child born to parents deeply involved in evangelistic work and preaching the gospel in Southeast Texas. Mary Jo was saved at the age of five and continued to live her life in pursuit of Jesus by serving in her home church teaching Sunday school, in youth camps in the pop stand and in revivals as an altar worker with her husband, Kenneth.

Mary Jo was an avid quilting enthusiast and an incredible seamstress, cook and flower designer. She loved fishing, the Astros, the Frio River, Matagorda and traveling to several countries and states with her husband and friends over the years. Mary Jo had impeccable handwriting and wrote monthly letters to her children and grandchildren for years. You might recognize her by her iconic red hair and lipstick and famous tea cakes! Mary Jo was a member of the Katy Literary Club, Garden Club, Twentieth Century Club, and Christian Neighbors, as well as a long-time member of Trinity Faith Church in Katy.

Her greatest earthly treasures are her family members who affectionately called her “Mamoo”. She is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Bill Madsen, Elizabeth “Liz” and Raymond Dollins, and Deborah and Rich Lamkin; eight grandchildren, Polly Dollins Barker and her husband Tim, JR “Joey” Dollins, Harris Lamkin, Chris Madsen and his wife Kami, Heather Dollins Metzgar and her husband Jarrod, Joanna Madsen Edinger, Jake Lamkin and his wife Amanda and Ken Madsen ; great-grandchildren, Tara Barker Collins, Trey Barker, Cinco Dollins, Carmen Dollins, Braedon Metzgar, Bryson Metzgar, Dean Madsen, Grady Madsen, Ace Edinger, Lulanna Edinger, Jordan Lamkin, Jack Lamkin, Emma Varela and Chandler Lamkin. She is also survived by her sister Elva Dean Dewees Mathis and her husband Donald of Hempstead and her brother John Wesley Dewees and his wife Carol Faye of Joplin, Missouri; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband James Kenneth Elkins on February 24, 1996; his parents; and three brothers, Parham, Claude and James Dewees.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021, at Trinity Faith Church, 5900 10e Street in Katy, where funeral services will be held at 10:30 am with Reverend Tim Barker officiating. A funeral service will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Salem Cemetery, 42607 Henson Road, Hempstead, Texas 77445.

Funeral services held under the direction of:

Schmidt Funeral Home
1508 East Avenue
Katy, Texas 77493
(281) 391-2424


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