• June 30, 1921 - January 4, 2018
  • Mansfield, Texas

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Frances Margaret Caddell Attebery passed away on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, after a sudden and brief illness, with family in attendance; she was 96 years, 6 months, and 5 days of age. Husband Merle preceded her in death in November of 1986.

She had 5 children, Dale Attebery (Jean), Tom Attebery (Sherry), Peggy Reidy (Tony), Bobby Attebery (Terri), Lisa Twedell (Terry), 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren. Frances was born in Granite, OK., in a corner bedroom of her parent's home.

Most of her early life was spent in Norman, OK. in sight of all those beautiful red brick buildings.., known as OU. She married Merle 2 months after Pearl Harbor and just after he joined the Navy. After the war, her then family of 4 moved to Handley, Texas in late 1946, which became known as... home.

They talked about moving to Eagle Mountain Lake, They liked lake activities, but could never convince themselves to leave Handley. Too many years, and many friends.

At 17 years of age, she left home to join a dance group and became a professional dancer traveling from coast to coast. Her children loved listening to the stories she would tell
about her travels. She danced with Ray Bolger once and we loved telling our friends she danced with the scarecrow that was in The Wizard of Oz movie. She would always say Ray was just one of the boys.
Just a short 3 weeks ago, a video captured her standing with her walker trying to do a shuffle and step.

When her children were school age, one of her favorite activities was working with her Children's local PTA, directing various talent shows. During those days, the mother's talked to each other and no misbehaving child could get away with anything. We each knew to behave; Because Mom would 'always' know who did what before you got home and be waiting for you.

Frances Attebery developed blindness from macular degeneration and had a multitude of health issues, but she remained
She listened to audio books and David Jeremiah every day. Even though she couldn't see the television anymore, she could still listen to the news and football games. Especially OU games.
Frances liked watching Jeopardy. Her children knew they couldn't call her during that time
because it would interrupt her playing the game. She loved for us to take her to the park so she could pet all the dogs. We would wheel her around and ask anyone with a dog if our mom could pet them.

One of her favorite places to eat was the Rose Garden Tea Room inside Decorators Warehouse.
She would always order the Sampler Platter and never left a morsel of food on her plate for
even a bird to take a nibble.
Frances loved eating tomatoes and drinking iced tea daily. If she had a choice between a piece of candy and a tomato, the tomato would always win. We would always tease her about the tea because it was so strong. The tea was so strong; it could get up and walk on its own.

People were always in awe of her age and the fact that she still lived on her own and could have an intelligent conversation. She loved everything life had to offer and remained active as much as she could until the end. Just 9 days ago, Frances celebrated the arrival of 2018 by joining her friends for a New Year's Eve party. Her body may have been giving up on her, but she was determined to remain as active and independent as possible.

Frances loved the Lord and was excited about the day she would go to heaven and meet Jesus.
She always said she had a lot of questions to ask him.
She had been living in a fully independent retirement community for many years. The family is
grateful for the residents of Magnolia Heights Retirement Community for showing kindness and
love to our mom.
A special thank you goes to her daily caretaker Dolly, who looked after her everyday needs and
made her laugh all the time. And another special thank you to Carol Beale and Janet Turner, her
two best friends. They all loved her dearly.

Service were held Tuesday, January, 9 at Shannon Rose Hill on 7301 E. Lancaster in Fort Worth. Visitation at 9am with a chapel service starting at 10. Graveside service immediately followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SPCA or Wesley Mission Center in Mansfield.