Francis Ellsworth La More
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Francis Ellsworth La More
  • October 11, 1924 - July 21, 2017
  • Texas

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Frank La More was born on October 11, 1924, in Painesville, Ohio. He was a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, husband, and friend. He passed away on July 21, 2017, due to declining health issues. His is survived by his children, Andrew (Amy), Bruce (Rhonda), Christine (Alan), and Albert (Andrea). He had 11 grandchildren: Dana (Mohit), Erin (Gregg), Stephanie (Mike), Matthew (Summer), Kyle, Brett, Alan, Michael, Brooke, Jacob and Josh, as well as seven great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Bladen, Ginny, Teagan, Lilah, Rowan, and Madeleine. In addition, his nephew, David La More and his wife Lynn, of Cleveland, Ohio also survive him.

Frank was the older of two sons born to Albert La More and Augusta Logan. All of his immediate family, including his younger brother, George, preceded him in death, as well as his first wife, Margaret Kersting (1959) and his second wife, Anne Marie Slors (2013). Frank was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where he had a number of jobs as a youth, most notably as a paperboy, delivering The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He had the largest route, which won him a trip to Washington, DC in 1941. He graduated from Shaw High School in 1943. Immediately after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he obtained the rank of Quartermaster 2nd Class. He was assigned to the destroyer escort, USS Gilligan, DE 508. His assignment was helmsman. The Gilligan participated in the Philippine and Okinawan Campaigns. Frank was discharged from the Navy in 1946.

After the war, Frank went to work for a bank, but ultimately decided to attend the University of Cincinnati where he obtained a BS and an MS in Geology, finishing in 1954. During this time, he courted and married Margaret. His oldest child, Andrew, was born in Cincinnati. Shortly thereafter, Frank moved to Beaumont, TX, and taught at Lamar University until he found a job in Houston working in his chosen field, petroleum geology. While in Houston, his second child, Bruce (1957) was born. In 1959, Margaret died. In 1960, Frank met and married Anne Marie. From this union Christine (1961) and Albert (1962) were born. Frank worked in Houston for 44 years, retiring from Dow Chemical in 1989.

Frank and Anne Marie were longtime parishioners of Spring Branch Presbyterian Church, first attending there in 1959. They raised their children there and participated in leadership roles, teaching Bible study, as well as other church activities.

During his retirement Frank traveled with Anne Marie to Europe, through out the USA and Canada. Much of his retirement was spent playing golf with his buddies Walter and George and he often invited his grandchildren to play as well. He loved reading but the joke was there wasn't a book he ever finished all the way through! When Frank was a child, his aunts and his mother poured hours into helping him with his schoolwork. It wasn't until his grandson was diagnosed with Dyslexia that Frank realized that Dyslexia was why schooling was so difficult for him. Frank felt that getting an education, whether trade school or college, was extremely important and he supported this both financially as well as with his own time and expertise. He and his fellow scientist buddy, Burt, would go to elementary schools and dazzle the children with volcano construction and eruptions. Frank also volunteered at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living for their help and care over the past six years and, more recently, would like to thank the staff at Houston Hospice. An especially big thank you needs to go with the women who were with Frank 24-hours a day for the past 4 months so thank you to Maura, Denise, and Beckie, for their exceptional love and care during his illness.

Services for Francis La More Were held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. A private graveside service for the family began at 9:00 a.m. in Woodlawn Garden of Memories, 1101 Antoine Drive in Houston, Texas, where Frank's grandsons were honored to serve as Pallbearers. A public memorial service followed at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of Spring Branch Presbyterian Church, 1215 Campbell Road, also in Houston, with Reverend Kristin Galle officiating.