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Carolyn Roades

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 12:00 am | Updated: 2:16 pm, Wed Jan 9, 2019.

Carolyn Elizabeth Roten Roades, age 93, of Wharton, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Elizabeth was born on Feb. 9, 1925, on a strawberry farm outside of Mena, Ark. to Mary Louise Austin Roten, a home demonstration agent, and Robert Lee Roten, a carpenter and mechanic.

To this marriage were born three other daughters: Mary Lee Hillyer of Victoria, Anna Ruth Schoeneberg of Louise, and Margaret Heiling of Port Lavaca, who all preceded her in death. In 1925, when Elizabeth was 2 months old, her family moved to Wharton when her father was named the manager of her Uncle John Roten’s dry goods store in El Campo. She attended first and second grades in Wharton, then her family moved to El Campo. She spent some summers with her uncle, David Yancy Thomas, a history professor, who instilled in her a great appreciation for history, which she passed on to her sons. Elizabeth was salutatorian of her El Campo High School Class of 1942 and a graduate of Wharton County Junior College. During the late 1930s her uncle, John Roten, gave the Roten sisters voice lessons and they began singing in the Lions Club meetings and conventions all over Texas. During World War II the Roten sisters teamed up with the Jacobson sisters, to form a sextet and entertained the troops stationed at Camp Hulen in Palacios and the USOs in Port Lavaca, Victoria, and Galveston.

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