Daphne McGowen

Daphne Rose Maeker McGowen

Sunday, August 10th, 1941 - Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Daphne McGowen passed away on January 13, 2020 surrounded by her loved ones after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Daphne was born in Lubbock, Texas on August 10, 1941 to Robert Maeker and Luceil Rose Maeker. She was the oldest of three children and the firstborn grandchild in the Rose family. Daphne attended Texas Tech University before marrying LeRoy McGowen on May 14, 1960. Daphne and her family moved to various locations throughout Texas including Sherman, Tyler and Waco from 1970 until 1984 when the family permanently moved back to Waco, Texas. Daphne was employed by Baylor University for more than 20 years where she developed many lifelong friendships and where she took many students under her protective wing.

Daphne had an infectious smile and is described by those who knew her as the kindest, sweetest soul one would ever meet. Daphne’s spirit and legacy lives on through her four children (Lisa Meadows, Leslie Mitchell, Jennifer Goldston and Dave McGowen), ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren – all of which were the absolute joy and light of her life.

The family would like to express its deep appreciation to the dedicated caregivers at Westview Manor (McGregor, Texas), Hearthstone Health Center (Round Rock, Texas) and Guiding Hospice/Transitions Hospice (Round Rock, Texas).

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Joyce Alanis

Posted at 05:10pm
I worked with Daphne's husband, LeRoy at TU Electric Service Center. Though I only met Daphne a few times, I remember her lovely smile and friendly nature - a good picture that shows that wonderful smile.
My sincere sympathy to all of the family.
Joyce Alanis

Amy Williams

Posted at 09:50am
I was so sad to see your Mother's sweet face in the obituaries in Waco. She was such a sweet person and I enjoyed getting to be around her during our time in high school. Blessings to you and your family in this loss. --Amy Williams

Jill Lunda Posted at 02:53pm

Daphne was such a sweet lady. I really enjoyed working with her at Baylor. My prayers are with the family on their loss. Jill Lunday

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