Frances G. Golman

September 6, 1923December 2, 2012

Frances Goodman Golman passed away on December 2, 2012 at her home. Born 9/6/1923 at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, TX to Sophie (Solomon) and Simon Goodman, Frances attended John Henry Brown School, graduated from Forest Avenue High School, and attended the University of Colorado and SMU before her marriage on 1/31/43 to Joe H. Golman, also born in Dallas. Frances was always interested in theatre, art and music. She studied public speaking and appeared on a radio program geared toward needy children for four years and participated in many public speaking debates, winning first in the State of Texas.

Frances volunteered at Hope Cottage, Parkland hospital, and the Jewish Family Service for Re-settlement of Polish emigrants, for whom she served as a Yiddish to English translator. She was a member of the Status for Women Commission and served on Parents’ Committees at the Hockaday School, Washington University in St. Louis and Texas A & M University. Most importantly, and first in her heart, was AMIT Women, formerly Mizrachi Women. She was an active member of the Dallas Chapter, founded by her mother, Sophie Goodman, for 43 years and served as president (among other offices) and was a member of the National Board of Directors. She was an active member of Congregation Shearith Israel and its Sisterhood and many other charitable organizations, too numerous to mention.

Her family was always the center of her life: Her beloved husband, Joe, to whom she was married for 53 years until his death in 1996, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cherished family and friends. Frances was a wonderful cook and baker, famous for her chocolate cake. She loved to entertain and plan parties, and enjoyed having impromptu luncheons for her friends at the Athena and she very much enjoyed the monthly Golman cousins’ lunches.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents Sophie and Simon Goodman; her son, Jon David Golman; her husband, Joe H. Golman; her brother and sister-on-law Jack and Ruth Goodman and brothers-in-law Bill Jayson and Melvin Aronoff.

She is survived by her daughter Julie (Bob) Melendi, sons Tim (Tina) Golman and Josh Golman, all of Dallas, her grandchildren: Stephen (Kristina) Melendi of Dallas, Michael Melendi of Austin, Amy Melendi of San Antonio, Staci (Andrew) Duhan and Mandi (Anlo) Sepulveda of Austin, , Jennifer Golman, Stephen Golman, Alex Golman and Jessica Golman, all of Dallas, her great-grandchildren: Joseph Melendi of Dallas, Rell Sepulveda and Clara Jane Duhan, both of Austin, her beloved sister Mimi Aronoff, beloved sister-in-law Annette Jayson of Dallas and her many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the Community Hospice of Texas, her caregivers Doris Croy and Melissa Dollins and the aides from MedTex Staffing who watched over her at night. The family also thanks Nancy Lubar for her steadfast support and dedication to our mother throughout her life.

The funeral was held Monday, December 3, 2012, at Congregation Shearith Israel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Shearith Israel (please specify the Golman Family Fund), the Jewish Family Service, AMIT Women, 817 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 or the charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2012

Frances G. Golman

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