Delores Lee Kautz, of Portland TX, left her earthly body to be with her Lord on February 22, 2019. She is enjoying a heavenly reunion with her husband of 53 years, Wallace L. (Wally) Kautz (12/22/1929 – 01/03/2006) and her daughter, Karen Jeter, who passed in 2015 at the age of 62. Delores was born in Mexia, TX, on July 17, 1930, to Buena O’Neill and grew up in Agua Dulce with her mother and stepfather, who she lovingly referred to as “Daddy Bill”. Delores met the love of her life and married Wally on 5/16/1952 in Corpus Christi during Wally’s tenure in the U.S. Navy (’48-’52). She worked at Corpus Christi Bank & Trust for many years before retiring from Value Bank in the early 1990’s. She moved to Portland in the early 2000’s and spent her days volunteering at Doctor’s Regional Hospital.
Delores is survived by her beloved son-in-law, Jack Jeter Sr., remaining children, Kathy (FJ) Weirich, Dwayne (Ronda) Kautz, and Wendy (Richard) Ellis, grandchildren Jennifer (Jay) Nelson, Jack (Kourtnie) Jeter II, Jessica (Gordon) Bellinger, Kayleigh Kautz, Erin Kautz, Avery Ellis and Olivia Ellis, and great-grandchildren Jayla, James, Jaryn, Justice, Jack III “Trey”, Chesney, Addison, Kaitlyn, and Kayci.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, February 26 from 5 -7 PM at Limbaugh Funeral Home at 5th and Wildcat in Portland and funeral services will be held beginning at 10 AM on Wednesday, 2/27/2019, at First Baptist Church located at 1305 Wildcat Dr. in Portland. Burial will follow the funeral to the San Patricio Memorial Gardens in Portland.
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