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Shirley Anne (Heath) Franks

18 mars 194720 octobre 2020
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Shirley Anne Franks, age 73, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Shirley was born March 18, 1947. A memorial service for Shirley will be held Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services -South Chapel, 7720 S Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159.

Shirley Anne (Heath) Franks was born on March 18, 1947, in Raymondville, Texas, to Tommie Wilcox and Junior Leon Heath. She was raised with her sister Terrie by her grandparents W.E. and Stella Wilcox and her aunt Edna Wilcox. She passed away suddenly on October 20, 2020, after a short illness in Oklahoma City, OK.

After graduating high school, she attended Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts in Chickasha, OK, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1970. She taught elementary school and special education at Pioneer Elementary School for eight years.

On November 14, 1975, she married the love of her life and her soul mate Andy Alan Franks. They had a true love story for the ages and were married forty-three and a half years until his death on May 2, 2018.

On August 6, 1977, her dream of becoming a mother came true when she had their daughter Heather. They moved to Del City, Oklahoma, in 1979 when Alan got a job with General Motors. Shirley retired from teaching to be a full-time mom and homemaker, which she said was two full-time jobs.

Shirley loved music and could play the piano. An excellent cook, she always sang in the kitchen and had a beautiful voice. Shirley was a fan of watching old movies and was an avid reader. She said she’d prefer to read than do anything else. She was a walking encyclopedia of trivia and information on just about any subject.

Shirley loved clothes and shopping. She never stepped out of the house looking less than her best. She could spot a bargain at fifty paces, and she loved to shop sales. She always completed her outfits with accessories and felt undressed without her jewelry.

She loved her family, and she was, above all else, a caretaker. The definition of a steel magnolia, she had a soft, gentle outside, but an inner backbone of steel. While always polite, considerate and accommodating of others, her husband joked that when her eyebrow went up and she got “the look,” look out!

Shirley is survived by her daughter Heather, her aunt Edna Wilcox, sister Terrie Wilcox, brothers Gene Heath and Bobby Heath, sister-in-law Marvena Busby, brother- and sister-in-law Richard and Lisa Franks, nephew Evan Busby and his family, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, her best friends of fifty-plus years Steve and Kathy Witchey and their family, and two grand-kitties.

Memorial services are Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the chapel at Advantage Funeral Home on S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City, OK.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AdvantageSouth.com for the Franks family.

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Denna Gilomen

4 novembre , 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Shirley at the physician's office I work at. She brightened my day every time I saw her. We'd share a hug and would just talk for a bit. Such a beautiful soul. We use to talk about finding "pennies from heaven" just about every visit after her husband passed away. And we would giggle over fond memories. She certainly has left an imprint on my heart. Every time I see a penny on the ground, I know I will be thinking of her. Heaven gained a beautiful Angel. I will miss her greatly.

Toby Ballou Hamilton

26 octobre , 2020

Shirley was my first friend and resident dorm manager when I transferred to OCLA in 1971. She offered me her best dorm room, an enormous room whose walls had previously sported many posters (pre-Commando). Shirley expertly charmed and calmed Tobe Ballou who wasn’t sure this was the right room for his daughter. When Shirley offered to host a painting party, I thought he would explode. She smiled that winning smile and I moved in not only the room, but also into the group of friends surrounding Shirley. My parents loved them all. And the friendship continued and deepened with Shirley at its center.

A life well lived and loved.

Toby Ballou Hamilton

Janette Hutchison

24 octobre , 2020

Shirley was a very kind and gentle person. She was part of really great memories from college days. She will be missed because she made the world a brighter place,

Lee and Linda Franks

23 octobre , 2020

Shirley was always a gracious hostess, her cooking skills were outstanding, and we always enjoyed spending time with her and my cousin Alan. She had a gift of telling vivid descriptive and funny stories about she and Alan's travels and adventures as a married couple. Shirley will be missed by all who loved her. Our sympathy goes out to the family and especially Heather who will miss her so much

Linda Hall

23 octobre , 2020

What wonderful memories I have of those early years of our teaching career in that small rural school near Chickasha. How we supported each other as we attempted to expand those student's minds! What a wonderful teacher she was! Such a kind, loving countenance. Those students truly benefited from her keen intellect.
Shirley and Alan's wedding was small, but heartfelt. Marshall, Texas was the setting. Jim and I knew they were a perfect match. Our first born son bore the name of Heath, a reminder of my dear friend.
Even though our lives took divergent paths, we were true friends of the heart! I grieve with her family and friends at her passing into the sweet arms of Jesus.

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