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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 West Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX

OBITUARY

Frances G. (Conder) Reding

March 1, 1933August 3, 2019
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Graveside services for Frances Conder Reding 86, of Copperas Cove, will be held at Killeen Memorial Park in Killeen on Tuesday August 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Weldon Hicks officiating. Frances Conder Reding was born March 1, 1933 in Coryell County, Texas to W.P. and Lone Turnbo Conder. She passed away August 3, 2019 in a Temple Hospital. She graduated from Killeen High School in 1951 and married G.R. (Jerry) Reding on July 26, 1952 in Killeen. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Charles D. Conder, and a sister Ladine Cowan. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jerry Reding; sons, Randy (Barbara) Reding of Kingsland, Johnny (Patty) Reding of Copperas Cove, Paul Reding of Kempner; grandchildren, Laura Reding (James) Fischer, Justin Reding, Nathan (Christine) Reding, Pandi Reding, Cassie Reding (Alex) Izaguirre and Katy Reding (Tye) Hansen; great grandchildren, Landon Reding, George Fisher, Charlie Belle Fischer, Luke Hansen, Henley Hansen, and Conder Izaguirre; sister Nancy Whitis of Killeen and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home of Copperas Cove Monday, August 5, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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M Harrison

August 5, 2019

I have so many memories of just stopping by Bearly Used. I called it my breath of fresh air in Cove. I was always greeted with Frances's wonderful smile. She would show me her latest finds and I did buy many things over the years. I treasure all my purchases but I especially treasure that magical time with Francis.

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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Frances G. Reding who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Frances was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Frances knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

      Frances was born on March 1, 1933 at Coryell County in Texas. Her parents were W. P. And Ione Conder. Frances was raised in Killeen, Texas. Even as a youngster, Frances learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Frances was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Frances was raised with three siblings. She had one brother, Charles D. Conder and two sisters, Ladine and Nancy. Frances had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Frances, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

      Frances's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during her childhood. As a young girl, Frances enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Frances took part in Killeen High School Cheerleading.

      In school, Frances was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Frances was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Frances’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Killeen High School in 1951. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Vera Mae Clark. She was a cheerleader for four years.

      Frances was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Frances was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She wasn’t afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Frances came to expect her high standards of performance. While growing up, some of her best friends were Mary Roach, Connie Reese, Gary and Helen Purser and G. A. And Cindy Cockrell.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Frances reveled in the security of her family. On July 26, 1952 Frances exchanged wedding vows with Jerry Reding at the First Baptist Church of Killeen, Texas. One of Frances’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

      Frances was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Frances would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Frances was blessed with three sons, Randy, Johnny and Paul. They were also blessed with six grandchildren and six great grandchildren, Laura, Nate, Justin, Pandy, Cassie, Kady, George, Charlie, Landon, Luke, Conder and Henley.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Frances was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Frances was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Frances upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was homemaker, nurse, antique stores and jewelry store. Frances was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Frances approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were antique collecting, Bridge, Texas Hold'em, fishing. Frances was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Frances to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. In high school, Frances was a cheerleader. Recreational sports included Bridge, bowling and fishing. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were the game show network.

      Being generous with her time and energy, Frances liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. In high school, Frances was a member of the speech club. Throughout her later years, Frances was an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi, Bridge club and bowling.

      Faith was important to Frances. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Frances used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Frances had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included fishing trips.

      Frances was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Frances’s favorites was Yager.

      When Frances’s retirement finally arrived in 2010, she was well prepared. She used her critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. Her new life involved relocating to Copperas Cove, Texas. In retirement, she found new pleasure in Bridge and fishing. In many ways, Frances loved retirement. It provided her with the opportunity to catch up with her friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Frances passed away on August 3, 2019 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister, nieces, nephews, cousins & many friends. Services were held at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home, Copperas Cove, Texas. Frances was laid to rest in Killeen Memorial Park in Killeen, Texas.

      All who knew her would agree that Frances was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Frances Conder Reding did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.