Lillie M. Fritze Avrett (Lea), age 92, passed away October 20, 2012, at Roberts Hospice Care Center in Palatka,FL.
She was born on February 24, 1920, in Castell, Texas, the daughter of William and Olga Fritze. She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Castell, and graduated from Brackenridge High in San Antonio. She attended Draughn’s Business College and worked for several years at the public service company before meeting her future husband, Roy, at Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio. They were married in Florence, S.C. where he was stationed in the Air Force, and they were transferred many times during his 20 years of service.
She was active in the Brownies and Girl Scouts, and also as a Cub Scout den mother, and as a Demolay mother. She sang in the choir at Woodlawn Methodist Church in San Antonio and was later a member of University United Methodist Church, where she belonged to the circle and played the chimes. Lea was an avid gardner with a green thumb and loved flowers. She was interested in craft work, knitting and crocheting. Lea had a love of history and genealogy, and was a member of the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of Texas, as well as the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Olga Fritze, her husband, Roy W. Avrett, her son, Bruce E. Avrett, as well as her brothers, Vernon Fritze, Sr. and Norman W. Fritze, and sister, Gladys Nowlin Fairburn.
She is survived by her daughter, Joyce A. Oliver of Palatka, FL and brother, Raymond H.L. Fritze of Pearsall, TX. and loving nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. The visitation was at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home in San Antonio, TX Thursday, October 25, 2012. A graveside service was held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and memorial service was held at the University United Methodist Church, October 26, 2012 with both services officiated by Rev. Linda Smith.
The pallbearers were Vernon Fritze,Jr., Danny Nowlin, Ron Fritze, David Fritze, Joe Stuever, and Shane Nowlin.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be sent to Haven Hospice, 6400 St. Johns Ave. Palatka, FL. 32177, or the University United Methodist Church, 5084 De Zavala Rd. San Antonio, TX 78249.