April 2,1930 - Dec. 7, 2018
Elizabeth Deette Puckett Newby of San Antonio died in San Antonio on Dec. 7, 2018. She was born April 2,1930, in Nogales, Arizona, to William N. and Ruth Hellums Puckett.
She was married to Marvin G. Newby, M.D., on June 12, 1953, in Bisbee, Arizona.
Deette graduated from Baylor School of Nursing in 1951, and practiced nursing until 1954 when she and her husband Marvin began their family. She and Marvin raised five children together.
Deette and Marvin loved to travel the world and enjoy the outdoors, relishing in God’s most beautiful creations. Together they went on many cruises, hiking and rafting trips. Some of their favorite destinations to travel to were Colorado, Israel, India, and Egypt.
Deette’s favorite pastime was delving into her artistic abilities through crafting, constructing intricate miniature houses and rooms, quilting and many other projects. She was known by those around her to have an exceptional green thumb, planting beautiful gardens that attracted the birds and creatures she loved to watch through her windows until her final days.
In addition to her husband Marvin G. Newby, she is survived by her children Bill Newby and wife Vicki, Beth Newby, Merrie Joyner and husband Terry, Melinda Veltri and husband Steve and David Newby and wife Yolanda Tecuanhuey; six grandchildren; four great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Norvil Puckett.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Chapel, 515 McCullough Ave. in San Antonio. Pastor Don Guthrie will officiate.