Frances Juanita Wilson

Frances Juanita Wilson, of Groesbeck, passed away on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at the Groesbeck LTC, at age 91.
Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Church of Christ in Groesbeck. Brother Richard Williams of the Groesbeck Church of Christ and Brother Benny Lucus of the Shiloh Church of Christ will officiate, and burial will follow in Hogan Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Saling, Paul Wilson, Brandon Wilson, Brandon Nugent, Keith Easter and Skip Spurlock.

Frances was born March 7, 1922, to James Henry Hudson and Bertha Edie (Dickey) Hudson at Big Hill. She started school at Big Hill and graduated from Thornton High School. Frances was united in marriage with Vestle Edward Wilson on April 4, 1941, at the home of Brother Malcolm Smith. They farmed with her parents at Big Hill for awhile, then lived some years at Ben Hur, and later moved to Thornton, to farm and ranch and raise their family.

In 1958 Frances and Vestle moved into their new home on Highway 164 which he had built with the help of his brothers, Veren, Virgil and Voshiel. She spent many hours in the fall picking up pecans from the trees on their farm which she sold. She also worked at Jennings Hardware for a period.

She was a faithful member of the Thornton Church of Christ and later of the Shiloh Church of Christ. She was a quilter, having made quilts for all her children and all the grandchildren. She really loved bluegrass music, and she and Vestle loved to attend Carl Shilflett’s productions at Dew, as well as other concerts. They were acquainted with Bill Grant, a well-known musician, who always dedicated a song to them when they were in the audience.

Frances loved her family, and loved to have all the children and grandchildren and great grandchildren together for holidays. She was a very good cook, specializing in Thanksgiving dressing and fruitcake.

Frances had struggled through many health problems in the last ten years, and was in the nursing home during her last seven years. She never complained of life or illnesses, and always struggled to get well, even with her final illness. Her attitude for life was always “it’s going to get better.” She was an inspiration to the nurses and staff of the nursing home and hospital, to the ministers and church members who visited with her, and to her family.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and three other brothers, James Henry Hudson Jr., Jerry Hudson and Billy Ray Hudson; and a son, Wayne Edward Wilson.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Vestle Wilson, of Groesbeck; her son Jerry Hudson Wilson and wife Mary, of Manassas, Va.; son Henry Lee Wilson and wife Judy, of Gilmer; daughter Martha Lane Saling and husband Jim, of Groesbeck; daughter-in-law Dorothy Wilson, of Gilmer; eight grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Mazelle Garrett, of Groesbeck, Janie Odom, of Mesquite, and Betty Brown, of Sulphur Springs; nieces and nephews and extended family.

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