Frances Jane Smith
Frances Jane Smith, 80, of Midland, Tex., passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020. Frances was born on January 31, 1940, to Ethel and Coy Cavitt in Stamford, Tex. A lifelong Midland High School Bulldog, she was extremely proud of her 30-plus year career at her alma mater and school district. She was active and filled with energy for most of her life, always on the move and ready to go somewhere and do something, whether it be around town or going on longer adventures. She looked forward every year to spending time at the beach in Anna Maria Island, Fla., where she loved renting a bike and riding to the little shops around town. We will always think of her when enjoying soft serve ice cream at Sonic or Chik-fil-A or drinking a Coke, two of her favorite treats.
We will remember Frances as someone who celebrated life well. She celebrated her marriage well. She and Jimmy were married over 61 years and not a day passed that she didnít brag about her love and adoration for Jim. He was her hero. She celebrated holidays well, especially Christmas and the Fourth of July. Her love for these days overflowed into her home decor, wardrobe and paper goods. She created a home where we could celebrate well. Around breakfasts of pancakes with her homemade syrup, an annual singing of the 12 days of Christmas, and lots of laughter, she wanted her family to have space to celebrate together. Most importantly she poured her heart into making sure those around her felt celebrated. She carefully selected her cards, words and gifts to ensure that those she cared for felt special during the important milestones and celebrations of their lives. We know that if you had the joy of knowing her you had the privilege of being celebrated by her.
We are most proud of the fact that she was a faithful follower of Jesus. Discipled from a young age by her father she continued in her love for the Lord and his word throughout her life. We are grateful the family tradition of discipleship was carried on through her dedication to raising children who also love Jesus, who have also passed this on to her grandchildren. A longtime member of Main Street Church of Christ, her church family was important to her and she found joy in connecting with anyone who entered the church doors, she especially loved doting on babies and young children on Sunday mornings.
While we will miss our wife, mother and grandmother dearly, her belief in Jesus leaves us assured of her eternal life with him.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Jimmy Smith; her three children, Phillip (Mary), Teri (Mike) Foulds and Scott (Janet). She had seven grandchildren, Reagan, Landry (Jamie), Sutton, Sawyer, Brock, Addison and Sloan, who all, plus a few others, called her Granny. Frances is also survived by her younger brother, David Cavitt; younger sister, Cherry (EJ) Matchus; and sister-in-law, Faye Cantrell. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Coy and Ethel Cavitt, and several beloved aunts and uncles.
Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, at Downtown Church of Christ.
Arrangements were under the direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com