Frances Kabler Nett

April 2, 1918November 29, 2012

Frances Kabler Nett, age 94, resident of Columbus, died on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at her home. A visitation will be held at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 4701 Macon Road, Columbus, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2012. A Rosary Service will be celebrated in the Striffler-Hamby Mortuary Chapel, on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at the MCoE Main Post Chapel, Ingersoll Street, Fort Benning, on Monday, December 3, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. with Father George Gonzales officiating, according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary. Mrs. Nett was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on April 2, 1918. She was a member of Saint Maurice Parish at Fort Benning. Mrs. Nett was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel (Retired) Robert Burton Nett and her son, Dr. Robert B. Nett, Jr., of San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Patti Nett of San Antonio; granddaughter Erica L. Rubalcaba and her husband Michael of San Antonio; and their daughter—her great granddaughter—Avery Grace; by her grandson Nicholas E. Nett of San Antonio; and Yvonne Randall and Helen McAnany of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mrs. Nett was a member of the Army Nurse Corps in World War II and served on active duty from January 15, 1941 until July 18, 1945. She was stationed at Fort Monroe, Virginia; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Goose Bay, Labrador; Madigan General Hospital at Fort Lewis, Washington; in New Guinea; and on the island of Leyte, Philippine Islands. On Leyte she assisted in treating casualties from some of the heaviest front-line fighting in the Philippines, along with prisoners of war—among them other Army nurses—who had endured years of Japanese captivity. Mrs. Nett's military awards and decorations include the American Defense Medal, American Theater Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with 2 stars, and the Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 star. Following World War II, no longer on active duty, she accompanied her husband on occupation duty in Beppu, Japan, where she volunteered to be on call 24 hours a day to support the understaffed hospital. She later served as a civilian nurse in the Kobe Base Hospital and participated in a number of programs to improve the training and technical skills of army nurses. During numerous post-war assignments in the United States and Europe, Mrs. Nett was active in assisting officer candidates and young Army wives as they transitioned from civilian life to the Army's social and professional environment, organizing functions to welcome them, instructing them in etiquette, and serving as a helpful and sympathetic mentor when they sought her advice. During her 94 years of life, Frances Kabler Nett made many lasting and far-reaching contributions to those who came to know her. In the Netts' overseas assignments, she exemplified the best of American home life and compassion and sought to apply her nursing skills wherever and whenever she saw an opportunity. Her contributions to the professional development of the young officers who are the leaders of today's Army are beyond measure. It is no exaggeration to say that Frances K. Nett has left us better than she found us. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Condolences may be offered at

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  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Rosary Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Monday, December 3, 2012


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December 25, 2012

My sympathy to all the Nett family - Frances was a cousin of my mother, Betty Kabler Garrett, and I remember her from Ft. Jackson, S.C. With love,
Sue Garrett Lurie (Fort Worth, Texas)

December 3, 2012

To the Nett family I send my deepest sympathy on Mrs Nett's passing. She and Bob served our nation with great dignity and respect. I am confident that they are together again in a much better place.
LTG(R) Carmen J. Cavezza

Jack and Jean Harron

December 2, 2012

To Frances family we want you to know we thought so highly of her and to us she like her husband Bob was a hero. We found her stories of WWII and her service just fasinating. she spoke so highly of her children and grandchildren. She is now with her Bob where she longed to be and has probably asked, God why did you take so long? This would be Frances. Our Prayers to each of you dear family.

Carol (Folmar) Carver

December 2, 2012

To The Family of Frances K. Nett,
I am sorry to hear of Mrs. Nett's passing. I waited on Colonel Nett at the bank and he always spoke very highly of Mrs Nett. They were both two very sweet and special people, who will be sorely missed.

Caroline Roy - Hagler

December 2, 2012

Dear Patti, Erica and Nicholas,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Be in peace knowing that Frances is no longer in pain and is now with Col. Nett and Robert. They are all greatly missed.
Rose and Joe Roy
Caroline, Dennis and Caitlin Hagler