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Frances Farris

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SIKESTON -- Frances Fox Farris, 91, died peacefully May 27, 2012, in Sikeston.

Born Dec. 27, 1920, in Charleston, to the late Hascal and Hontas Fox, she was one of eight children. After graduating from Diehlstadt High School, she was employed by the Mississippi County Agricultural office in Charleston.

On Feb. 4, 1942, she married Murrie Linn Farris of Sikeston who preceded her in death in 1980. She and her husband owned and operated Fair Grocery on Prosperity Street in Sikeston for many years. Frances then worked at the Scott-New Madrid County Electric Cooperative in Sikeston, retiring in 1984 after 18 years of employment.

Early in her retirement, she volunteered at Missouri Delta Community Hospital, a service she enjoyed providing for nearly 20 years. She was a 70-year member of the First Baptist Church in Sikeston and loved her church family. She also enjoyed entertaining her friends and playing cards, traveling to visit her children and cross-stitching many baby blankets over the years.

Also preceding her in death in addition to her husband and parents were one sister, Mildred Dalton, and four brothers, Hascal Fox Jr., John Fox, Jeff Fox and Russell Fox.

She is survived by: a daughter and son-in-law, Lyn and Ed Walton of St. Charles; three sons and daughters-in-law, Louis and Barbara Farris of Yukon Okla., Bruce and Cynthia Farris of Henderson Ky., and John and Mary Farris of Springfield; a sister, Martha Evans of Jefferson City; and a brother, Ralph Fox of Oklahoma City.

Frances was very proud of her five grandchildren: Jeff Farris of Santa Fe, Texas, Jennifer (and Brad) Jones of League City, Texas, Andy Farris and Kathryn Linn (and Josh) Kirkwood of Henderson, Ky., and Josh (and Megan) Farris of Memphis, Tenn. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Hunter and Austin Farris of Sante Fe and Elle and Grey Jones of League City.

Frances' children would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Missouri Delta Medical Center and Sikeston Convalescent Center for their support during the last few weeks. You all are the best.

Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston where services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Rev. David Jackson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Republic, and the Rev. David Ross, pastor of First Baptist Church in Sikeston, will co-officiate.

Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.

Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.

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Memorial contributions

may be sent to:

First Baptist Church

1101 N. Main St.

Sikeston, MO 63801

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