Della Darlene Rowen Erbschloe, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at Texas County Memorial Hospital.
She was born July 26, 1926, in Sheridan, daughter of Ralph Carl Rowen and Etta Matilda Merkling She and William H. Erbschloe were married Aug. 19, 1944, in Little Rock, Ark. He died April 21, 2005.
She and her husband were foster parents to 97 children in Texas County from Dec. 22, 1977, to Oct. 19, 1996.
She loved embroidery, reading, doing word search puzzles and taking care of her children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William: a son, William D. “Billy” Erbschloe, a grandson; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ira Keith “Bud” Rowen and Jack Duane Rowen; and six sisters, Beulah Gail Harris, Gladys Pearl “Mick” Smith, Juanita Francis Jameson, Laura Lee Parks and Nile Fern Dorsey.
Survivors include four children, Ralph “Tink” Erbschloe and Luetta Martin of Raymondville, Willie White of Houston and Nancy Theobald of St. James; 13 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great grandchildren; and two sisters, Evelyn McCartney of Pacific and Emma Williams of Raymondville.
Services are 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Ralph Theobald and Pastor Eddie Merkling officiating. Visitation is 6 p.m. until service time. Cremation will follow under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.