Elizabeth Hortense “Polly” Houston Fink, 94 years and 10 months, died Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at the Dornburg Center of Compassion or Hospice of South Texas.
Polly was born on November 14, 1927 in Gonzales to Howard Hayes and Lena Robinson Houston. She married Marvin Albert Fink on October 18, 1946, leaving her four children and their spouses: Sandra Mauldin, Brenda (Harold) Grauke, Kenneth (Doreen) Fink, and Caroline Elizabeth “Carobeth” (Denver) Cloer. Her six grandchildren also survive: Andrea (Jason) Sieben; Erica (Scott) Friedrich; Christi (Martin) Yackel; Shelly (Kevin) Hemann; Travis Fink; Crystal Moore; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings, and a son-in-law, Lynn Mauldin.
Polly’s creativity in flowers and food was completed when she bought Turk Florist and renamed it Polly’s House of Flowers. Thirty-five years of weddings, parties and catering events brought her great love and immense pride, with each event being very special in her life and each event being a family memory as she enlisted the help of her children and grandchildren in every event.
She loved her family heritage, from those who settled and developed in Texas, to those who fought and died in the Alamo. She was very proud of her 3rd Great-grandfather, George Washington Davis, for burying the Come and Take It cannon in his Peach Orchard and for all his accomplishments in Green DeWitt’s Colony.
Polly was a member of the Gonzales Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas for 29 years and always fulfilled their purpose of teaching the history of the Republic of Texas era. She has been active in preserving and promoting tourism in Gonzales, planning and organizing Historic Homes Tours, a Soiree under the stars, and recreating the Runaway Scrape to name a few. She worked with the Kennard and Johnson families to get grants for the McClure-Braches House and Sam Houston Oak. From 1992, she donated hours/months of work to the JB Wells House. She was an organizing member of the first tourism committee of the Gonzales Chamber and was actively involved in the promotion and growth of tourism in Gonzales. She has received numerous awards, including the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce Community Service award in 2014. At the age of 94, she was still coming up with new thoughts and ideas to promote Gonzales.
The family welcomes everyone to the Monthalia United Methodist Fellowship Hall for lunch served at 12:30 PM with Graveside Services at 2:00 PM led by Reverend Jo Ann Leifeste Ret.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Gonzales Chapter DRT Wells House Preservation fund, 1706 Saint Louis Street, Gonzales, Texas 78629 to fulfill her dreams for the Wells House and property. The family thanks Dr. Tyson Meyer, MD Executive Director and the loving staff of Hospice Center of South Texas for their outstanding care.
Her life was honored with a Rose Ceremony of Remembrance and the following poem:
written by member Larry Grimes.
TODAY A ROSE WAS TAKEN HOME
BY THE FATHER ABOVE,
TO FIT IT INTO ITS CRYSTAL VASE
OF MERCY, MERCY AND LOVE.
IF THE ROSE IS RAISED,
WHAT PERFUME IS BEHIND IT;
THAT OF PRECIOUS MEMORIES,
AND THOSE OF PRECIOUS TIMES!
SO, IF YOUR HEAT CRY,
TAKE A PETAL TO SAY,
THE SCENT OF OUR LOVE
WILL NEVER REMOVE.