Frances Louise Oxley

Monday, February 8, 2016
Frances Oxley

Frances Louise Oxley, 95, of Piggott, Ark., passed away February 5, 2016, at the Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott.

She was born on January 20, 1921, in Clay County, Ark., and was the daughter of the late Ott W. and Amy Pearl (Looney) McDowell.

She met her husband while riding in a horse-drawn wagon. They had passed him on foot, and he ran to catch up and tell her how cute she was. He eventually sweet-talked her into marrying him on Oct. 14, 1942, and to this union two daughters were born.

She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Piggott.

Frances considered the Church her family.

After joining the Church in the early 1950s, she taught Sunday School for several years. She was a vital member of the United Methodist Women's Group for over 60 years, and held multiple offices and performed various duties. Fundraisers, coat drives, and visits to the hospitals and nursing homes - she enjoyed being of service at each opportunity. While less active in recent years, she still lent a helping hand whenever possible.

Singing and playing piano were two of Frances' greatest loves. She sang in the Church choir from just after joining until the late 2000s. In earlier years, she traveled to other Methodist churches to play piano for their Sunday night services. She also traveled with other Church members to present 'singing and piano shows' at other churches.

Since last year, the light of Frances' life has been her great-granddaughter, Amelia. The joy, laughter, and love Amelia gave to Frances kept her in high spirits. Every visit was a treasured event.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Edwin McDowell, J. I. McDowell, Randall McDowell and Edgar McDowell and three sisters, Lorene Gordon, Ruth Rogers and Betty Lewis.

Survivors include her two daughters, Ruth Ann Morgan of Kearney, Mo. and Shelia Dunlap and husband Ronnie of Piggott, Ark.; three grandchildren, Bryan Morgan, Amy Morgan and Courtney Dunlap; one great-granddaughter, Amelia Rodery; her step great-grandchildren, Connor and Caroline Rodery and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, in the First United Methodist Church in Piggott, with Andy Newbill officiating. Burial is in Piggott Cemetery. Pallbearers are David Gregory, Dan Newton, Noah Gregory, Jamie Parks, Shonne Mick, Danny Baldwin and Brian Dunlap. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott, is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home.