Elta C. "Mum" Rouse

February 13, 1924October 24, 2013
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Elta Carroll Rouse, affectionately called Mum by her children and grandchildren, both natural and adopted, went home to be with the Lord, Thurs. Oct. 24 at 10:45AM. This spunky, feisty Queen of Hospitality, fine feasts, and Southern Belle Matriarch deluxe, was a sparkling loving influence upon all who knew her and called her friend. Born Feb. 13, 1924 on the family farm in Yoakum, Texas, Elta learned quickly the tenacity and strength required for any beautiful Texas country gal. Becoming a Girl Scout Leader and later Den Mother for Cub Scouts, Elta perfected her mothering skills, all while studying Homech at Southwest Texas University, where she graduated in the early 1940s. Elta’s spice became a hot commodity among the young cadets during the WWII, many of whom she dated and dumped within hours of each other. However, one gentle soldier captured her heart at a soda shop, Robert L. Rouse, whom she later married August 25, 1943. It was during her marriage that Elta became the Mum we know today. They moved to Lubbock in 1950, where Elta began soaring as the Spunky Mother Hen she is: volunteering at church and in the community, hosting foreign exchange students from Texas Tech University, preparing elaborate bridge and dinner parties, and establishing what Christmas Festivity is really about. Wanting to be out with the people, to whom she could be “Mum,” Elta taught Bible classes for years, gave lectures at the Planetarium and worked in the Gift shop until 1983, served as a guide at both the Texas Tech Museum and the Ranching Heritage Center, and worked at Texas Tech University until 1999. She was a member of Broadway Church of Christ, Lubbock Christian University Associates, Lubbock Women’s Club, Texas Tech University Women’s Club and its interest groups, and a champion in the Bowling League. Mum was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Robert “Papa” Rouse, and her sister Lela Carroll Stark. She is survived by her two children Judy (Rouse) Looper (married to Larry Looper) and Randall (Lyle) Rouse (married to Judy (Harrisberger) Rouse); four grandchildren Rob Looper, Amy Looper Goodyear (married to Marcus Goodyear), (Richard) Layne Rouse (married to Xueling “Apple” Cai Rouse), and Jenness Rouse; three great-grandchildren, C.J. Goodyear and Lyle Goodyear (Marcus and Amy’s children), and Salayna Rouse (Layne and Apple’s daughter); her sister Opal (Carroll/Paden) Willoughby (married to Charles Willoughby) and her sons (Elta’s nephews) Spencer, Russell, and Brad Paden, and their spouses and children; his five nieces, Karen Anderson, Donna Scudder, Peggy Quinn, Enid Moore and Kerry Edwards; one nephew, Jimmy Rouse, her cousin, Mark Carroll and his family, along with many friends, including those at the Carillon Windsong Retirement Center. Mum’s hospitality was contagious, teaching hundreds how to fold sheets, bake the perfect pie, create that warm ambience of love and festivity, no matter the season or occasion, wrapped in the zing of a feisty Southern Farm girl. Her sprightliness and love will be missed greatly by those who loved her, to those for whom she was their “Mum.”



  • Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 28, 2013


  • Officiating

Elta C. "Mum" Rouse

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Reggie Littlejohn

November 2, 2013

Dear Rouse Family,
May the Lord bless you in your loss with the knowledge that this great lady, Mum, is in the arms of her savior and ours, Jesus Christ.

Jean Mullican

October 29, 2013

Knowing the fondness & love I've always held in my heart for your precious Mum, our Lubbock Mullican family called to let us know God had called her home into his promised gloryland. While I will miss her earthly presence so much, I rejoice in the blessed assurance she is safe in the arms of Jesus & in the blinking of an eye has also been reunited with Bob, the love of her life. Your written tribute of Elta's life described her perfectly. The sweet pictorial Chronical is a visual testimony of the special place of honor she held in your family life together. I consider it such a privilege to have called her my forever friend. Lovingly,

Rick & Cindy Bartholomee

October 28, 2013

Randy & Judy, Jenness, Layne & Apple,
Loved the photo gallery! Such beautiful memories of a life well lived! We're praying for you as you miss your special "Mum".
With Sympathy & Love,
Rick & Cindy Bartholomee & Family

Mark & Diane Ochs

October 27, 2013

Judy, Randy, Janness, Layne, Apple and family: We are lifting y'all up in prayer to our Father Who comforts and carries. We are also sending our love to you all. Blessings as you honor such an amazing woman, who no doubt will be watching for you. Love, Mark and Diane Ochs

October 26, 2013

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Deborah Richardson

October 26, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by God, also by the words in the Bible at Philemon 4-7 along with the support and love of your family and friends.