In Memory

Mitzi Dean (Markwardt)

Mitzi D. Markwardt

Mitzi D. Markwardt, 48, of Clute passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2009, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born November 13, 1960, in Winters, Texas, to Graydon and Annette Dean and loving sister of Mark and Sherri Dean.

Mitzi was a lifelong resident in the Brazosport area. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson. She worked in purchasing for the BISD food department.

She is preceded in death by her father, Graydon Dean.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, David Markwardt of Clute; two daughters, Deana Markwardt of Angleton and Devan Markwardt of Clute; mother, Annette Dean of Brownwood, Texas; brother, Mark Dean and wife, Phyllis, of Clute; nephew, Brent Dean of Lake Jackson, and niece, Elizabeth Dean of Clute, Texas; father and mother-in-law, Calvin and Joanne Markwardt of Clute; sister-in-law, Karen McGehee and husband, Ken, of Clute; nephews, Jamison Keith and Shayne McGehee and wife, Lesley; and one niece, Amber McGehee.

Family will receive friends 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2009, at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel and 9 a.m. until service time Saturday, October 31, 2009, at the church.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson with Pastor Steve Larsen officiating.

Pallbearers will be Brent Dean, Jamison Keith, Andrew Jimenez, Shayne McGehee, Deke Lopez and Rowdy Lopez.

The family requests in lieu of flowers for donations to be made in name of Mitzi Markwardt to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030-4123; or the charity of your choice.

Mitzi always will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to all who knew her.

Local arrangements by the Turner Family at Lakewood Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

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10/29/09 08:16 AM #3    

Kimmy McCutcheon (James)

This is so hard, how can you say goodbye to one of the finest humans your ever known.It was a privilege to call Toots a friend was a joy to know her. She was the most nurturing person I’ve ever known. Her laugh was contagious, and it echoes in my heart. I know how important her family is to her and her love for David was inspiring. I can’t wait to see her again one day and hear all her new stories about her adventures in Heaven. I know she has spiced it up a notch. Until we meet again my friend……

10/29/09 08:51 AM #4    

Rene Anderson (Linder)

Kim's hard! In all the years I've known Mitzi, she has never changed. She always had a smile on her face, knew how to make everyone laugh, how to have a good time, be a great friend, never a harsh word to say about anyone; one of the most beautiful, special people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will miss her. Peace be with her family and friends.

10/29/09 09:21 AM #5    

Sheri Gretschel (E)

Toots was one of the first Clute girls I met in 9th grade, thanks to Gary Kavanaugh. We had great times together -- you just couldn't help but have fun with Mitzi -- her laugh and zest for life were contagious. I'm so grateful that we always remained friends after school -- many years of weekends together on the bayou, dinners and cocktails, going out dancing... Toots was always one of my "Ya Ya" girls. Our birthdays were two days apart and we always called each other on our birthdays and laughed and (sometimes) had to pep each other up -- like the year we turned 30. I will miss you, Toots. You made the world a better place and touched the hearts of everyone you met. You were a loving and fiercely devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Like Kimmy, I look forward to meeting up with you in Heaven. Have the jello shots waiting. I love you!

10/29/09 01:57 PM #6    

Elizabeth Liz McIlhenny (Warnock)

My heart is greatly saddened by the loss of a dear friend. As Sheri stated, the memories of times at the bayou, dinners at Chili's and El Toro, and all the other get togethers over the last 30 plus years will be truly treasured. The world is a little dimmer now without Toot's infectious smile and kindness beyond compare. God's Peace my friend!

10/29/09 02:29 PM #7    

Candice Caperton (Manley)

So sad to hear about Mitzi. We had a lot of fun horseback riding during our 4-H days. She was sweet and a good competitor. Also, she made me laugh because she had a personal policy of not doing schoolwork on Fridays! She will be missed.....

10/30/09 01:39 PM #8    

Brenda Breaux (McGough)

What a great person Mitzi was..she will be missed. My prayers go out to her family and loved ones. God must have needed one more angel.

10/30/09 08:24 PM #9    

Becky Watts (Schwebel)

Her Courage and Strength!! And, that smile and laugh. 30 years later, I can still hear that laugh. She will be an inspiration forever in Our Hearts. God Bless you Mitzi and much Love to your devoted Family and Friends...You truly are an Angel now.
P.S. could you save a jell-o shot for me?

10/31/09 03:11 PM #10    

Cindy Trail (Camp)

Words come very hard right now. But Mitzi you were an insiration to us all. Your friendship meant more to me than can be put in words. I will always remember the great times we had together and look forward to having more with you in heaven someday. I know you would want us to celebrate your life not mourn your death. It will be hard not to mourn for a while but we will be ok. I know that is really important to you. Thanks everyone for all the support you have shown for her family and friends.

11/01/09 09:03 PM #11    

Gary Moten

To the Markwardt family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God rest, rule and abide with you in your time of need and forever. I am truly blessed to have known Mitzi and David.
Gary and Sherrise Moten

11/12/09 09:35 PM #12    

Glenna Flettshock (Jones)

Mitzi...girl you were one of the crazy bunch! I had so much fun hanging out with you. Happy early Birthday...Save me a spot at the party...glenna

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