Daphne Hollingsworth

 

Daphne, known also as D.D. and Mimi, attended school in Plainview and was the first female drum major at Plainview High School. As a freshman at Wayland Baptist University, she continued as drum major of PHS. Always marching to the beat of her own drum, she wore pants and was placed on the prayer list at Wayland for that rebellious act. She then moved to Waco where she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in fine arts.

Not one to sit still, Daphne became a flight attendant for Braniff Airways. Her memories of the friendly skies included girdle and weight checks, and proper makeup requirements. She was once featured on a Braniff ad.

Daphne was an accomplished artist and painted countless portraits. She was known for painting everything blue that was not breathing, including phones, toilets and dings on her baby blue Buick Regal. Her painting of Coronado is displayed in the Floyd County Museum. Daphne was one of five founders of the Fine Arts Center in Plainview. She also was a teacher in Plainview and Tulia schools.

She was Plainview's biggest cheerleader and was involved in many local organizations including Junior Service League, Plains Art Assn. (charter member and first president), Cultural Arts Council (director), Texas Retired Teachers Assn. (president), and Symphony Guild.

Daphne became a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in 1950 and served on the vestry, altar guild, altar garden and as house chairman. She joined St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Lubbock in the late 1990s.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and idol James Wallace Davenport; son, David Hegi; and husband, Dr. Dorris O. Hollingsworth.

Mimi is survived by children Diana Azpurua and Shelley Kemp; grandchildren Susie Casal (Ernie), Melissa Pierce (Eric), Rudy Azpurua (Jody Mims), and Kelsey Kemp (Matt Bruehl); great-grandchildren John Paul and Nicholas Casal, Caroline Pierce, and Bailey, Cami, Lexi and Brody Azpurua; and other loved ones, Jim Davenport (Sally), Claire Doyle, Lindsey Davenport.

Her family has immense gratitude for the love shown to Daphne by her treasured caregivers at South Haven Assisted Living and Accolade Hospice. They treated her like family.

Daphne had a love for animals that carried on to her family. She requested memorials to Paws Pet Adoption, PO Box 1605, Plainview, TX 79073.

 

(wife of Dorris O. of Orlando O. of George of Joshua of Jacob)

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