Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Frances Stewart Quenin

October 31, 1923July 23, 2020

Frances Stewart Quenin of Fort Smith, AR died peacefully on July 23 at Brookdale Assisted Living. She was born on October 31, 1923 in Martin, Tennessee, the daughter of Edna Wharton Stewart and Dr. John McTyre Stewart. She was a splendid, eclectic cook, a master gardener, a canny Bridge player, an accomplished pianist, a deft seamstress, knitter and crocheter, and a gracious, vivacious hostess who loved throwing parties. She thought her children were the smartest, prettiest, most handsome children in the universe, although she always bemoaned the fact that they “talk like Yankees.” She was a professional back seat driver.

She attended Harding College and the University of Arkansas and could call the hogs with the best of them. After college, she taught school in Van Buren, Arkansas until the birth of her son John, when she became a fulltime homemaker. She was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for many years, and was also a candy striper at a local hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

She followed her beloved husband, Paul, around the world and back again, making a home for her family in Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tokyo, Mexico City, Ankara and Izmit Turkey, and finally, Fort Smith, where they chose to retire. She could haggle at the marketplace and give a taxi driver directions in Spanish, Japanese and Turkish.

She loved a bawdy joke so long as it didn’t contain any “bad” words. She loved Jonathan Winters, but her favorite performer was Victor Borge. She believed that talking to her plants and flowers made them grow more sturdy and beautiful. She imbued her children with her passionate love of books and music. She loved dogs but hated cats. She put her Snickers bars in the freezer, claiming they tasted better frozen. She had a Hershey bar and a diet Dr. Pepper every day of life, at least when she lived in the United States. Wherever she was, she had a daily vodka and tonic, with olives as well as a lime wedge. She was a long-time, devoted member of the West Ark Church of Christ in Fort Smith.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul and her sister Josephine Stewart Clark. A memorial service will be held sometime after the pandemic is over. She will be interred in the VA Cemetery in Fort Smith, beside her husband.

She is survived by her children, Ann Stewart Quenin (Eileen Blanchette), John Andrews Quenin and Paul Price Quenin, Jr. (Rachel Henderson), her grandchild Leigh Ann Quenasse (Dylan Quenasse), her great grandchild Luca Paul Quenasse, and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Contributions in her memory may be made to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Services are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home.


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Rosanne Wade

July 30, 2020

My family said good bye today, I will miss you terribly. I will never make a pan of your delishes cornbread again without thinking about you .Rest easy, my good friend.

Jordan Odil

July 27, 2020

“Aunt“ Francis was always wonderful to me. I had known her and Uncle Paul my entire lifetime. Some of my fondest memories of growing up are my visits to their house and even returning to visit with my own children. She will be greatly missed but I know she’s happy to be back with Paul. Sending thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Missy Branum

July 27, 2020

I so enjoyed knowing this sweet couple. They were an absolute delight and a hoot! I was blessed to know them through my parents and was able to share a few meals with them at my father's home, after my mother passed away. My brother and I couldn't wait for my dad to invite them to join us again! My sincerest condolences to all of the family who, undoubtedly, have wonderful memories and stories to enjoy for generations to come. My God give you comfort and peace.

Jana Hayes

July 27, 2020

Oh dear Aunt Francis! How lucky we were to have you as “family” in our lives. I will forever hear your unique laugh, and the way you said “ Oh JANA!” Whenever I said or did something you either loved OR disapproved of. You were always quick to offer a drink ( even better ones as we got old enough), a recipe, or Uncle Paul’s help with anything we needed. You had a hand in many of our school projects, and “ fix it before mom finds out” situations with great ideas, unique items you had lying around, or the famous 5 word phrase “Uncle Paul can fix it.” To this day, Allyson has the Taco Bell stuffed dog that you gave her after she refused to put it down while drinking lemonade in your kitchen. I know that your will “ Have A Little Talk with Jesus” when you see him and you will “ Sing and be Happy” with the angels. Until we see each other again, know that you will be missed, and you were very, very loved.
Jana Hayes


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