OBITUARY

Dr. Frances C. Cardwell

December 29, 1939July 18, 2013
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Dr. Frances Catherine Cardwell was born December 29, 1939 in Henderson, Texas passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Houston, Texas. She was an independent woman who was extremely giving and always ready for an adventure up until her last days. Fran was the oldest of 6 children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Preston Barrett Jimerson and Archie Mae Cook Jimerson, brother Billy Jimerson and nephew Chad Agnor all of Marshall, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Rick Benavides of Houston; Sisters, Kim Dupree of Shreveport, Louisiana and Sister and brother-in-law Wanda and W.R. (Red) Jackson, brothers Ricky Jimerson and Gary Jimerson all of Marshall Texas. Niece Toni Jimerson and Nephew Bunker and Allison Jimerson, one great niece Jane Jimerson all of Marshall, Texas. step daughters and son in laws, Nicole and Will Schorp of Houston, Texas, Beverly and Jim Straub of New Braunfels, Texas, step son and daughter in law, Trey and Susie Cardwell of Lufkin, Texas. Step grandchildren, Courtney Cardwell of Lufkin, Texas, Brad Straub of Dallas, Texas and Rebecca and Clint Kainer of Houston, Texas. One step great grand child, Pierce Kainer of Houston, Texas. Her extended family and many friends will miss her dearly.

Fran was a driven, talented woman who accomplished anything she set her mind and goals on. She loved teaching and learning. She graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas and moved on to earn her; Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, Texas Cheerleader and Basketball player ETBU Master of Administrative Education, University of Houston Doctorate of Educational Administrative Leadership, Nova Southwestern University Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Administrator in North Forest ISD (first female) Director of Personnel Spring Branch ISD Deputy Superintendent Katy ISD Superintendent Lufkin ISD (first female) Graduate School Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas Graduate School Adjunct Professor, Stephen F. Austin University Texas A&M University Rice University St. Thomas University University of Montana University of Colorado Certifications Superintendent, 1972 Professional Mid-Management Administrator, 1972 Professional Elementary Principal, 1968 Professional Supervisor, 1968 Professional Elementary, 1962

Advisory Board of Administrative Education at St. Thomas University Advisory Board of Angelina County Charity Clinic Advisory Board of Women’s Health Care Board of Directors of Center for Professional Development and Technology at Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Directors for Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Board of Directors for Museum of East Texas Board of Directors of Harris County Department of Education Foundation Board of Directors of Houston Branch of Young Audiences State Board of Directors of Leadership Texas

Honors; Angelina County Superintendent Achievement Award Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society, Outstanding Member Dr. Fran Sicola Cardwell Day in Lufkin Katy Independent School District Boss of the Year Award Outstanding Alumni, East Texas Baptist University Personalities of the South Phi Delta Kappa Honor Member Achievement Award PTA Honorary Life Member Rotary’s Highest Award of Recognition: Paul Harris Fellow 1992, Lufkin Rotary Club Superintendent’s Appreciation & Achievement Award from Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association Texas Association of Supervision & Curriculum Contribution Award Nominee, District IV Who’s Who Among Women Leaders, Internationally

Community Advisory Board of Administrative Education at St. Thomas University Advisory Board of Angelina County Charity Clinic Advisory Board of Women’s Health Care Board of Directors of Center for Professional Development and Technology at Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Directors for Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Board of Directors for Museum of East Texas Board of Directors of Harris County Department of Education Foundation Board of Directors of Houston Branch of Young Audiences State Board of Directors of Leadership Texas

She is a member of Palmer Memorial Episcopalian Church and many charitable organizations. The Museum of East Texas Rotary Club International The Boys and Girls Club Leadership Texas, 1996 State Director American Association of School Administrators Asian Society Organization Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society Life Member of Parent Teacher Association National Association for Curriculum Development Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society Texas Association of School Administrators Texas Council of Women School Administrators Texas elementary Principals and Superiors Association University of Houston Alumni Association, Life Member University of Houston College of Education Alumni Board University of Houston Moore's School of Music Moores Society Advisory Board Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston - Member of the Advisory Board and Education Committee World Affairs Society Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art committee She had a special focus on mentoring and placement of women in leadership roles.

Fran was a world traveler who always sought incredible experiences in places such as India, Africa, South America, Israel, Egypt, Nepal, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Germany, Russia, Ireland, Switzerland, Budapest, Prague, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Belize, Peru, Turkey, Tahiti and the list goes on.

Fran touched the lives of everyone she met. She always had a smile and a kind word with a very approachable personality. Her great wit and sense of humor kept you laughing even in difficult situations. Fran always stayed positive no matter what she was facing.

The family would like to give a special thank you and appreciation to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Methodist hospital for the great care Fran recieved in her last days. Also to her medical team, Dr. H. Alejandro Preti, Dr. Norman L. Berkman and Dr. Ray A. Verm for not only being great physicians who cared for Fran but also for the friendship and respect she always recieved from them.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 21, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Monday, July 22, 2013
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Dr. Frances C. Cardwell

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Becky Griffey Klemm

August 17, 2013

Frances was one of my dearest Best Friends for Life. I have so many happy, fun and fond memories starting with the first day we met in college. She was so special to my family and no one will ever forget her fantastic sense of humor. I have always admired her successes. She was my Hero.

I loved Frances. I miss her. I am so thankful to the Good LORD that I will be with her again someday.

Carole Mather

July 25, 2013

Dear Rick and family of Fran

We have all lost a piece of our heart when we lost Fran. I keep thinking that God sure must have needed her much worse than we do. She was absolutely amazing. I treasure every moment I spent with her ushering at Palmer, and praying for her; especially those times that I was able to pray for her directly and anoint her with oil. I knew she had accomplished a lot in her life, but I had no idea just how much! I can just see her now ~ getting all of those angels lined up and organized, doing her thing! We will continue praying for all of you, that God will continue to hold you in the palm of His hand while you are on this journey. You are not alone ~ ever. We walk with you. Much, much love to all.

July 23, 2013

Don and I were so saddened to learn of Fran's passing. She fought a terrible disease with determination and optimism and we thought that, if anyone could beat it, it was Fran!
We were privileged to know her for more than 25 years and enjoyed many visits and some great trips with her including one to China and Southeast Asia where her wardrobe was the envy of all our fellow travelers. No surprise; she always looked great and made everyone around her feel great.
What a truly extraordinary human being she was. The list of her accomplishments, impressive as it is, gives only a hint of how many lives she touched in a positive way. Hers was truly a life lived to the fullest. What more could you ask. God bless you and keep you, Fran.
With deepest sympathy,
Marty and Don Squire
Phoenix

July 22, 2013


Fran lived life to the fullest, she Josette and I had some wonderful times I will never forget. Gods got a lively angel in heaven. I'm sorry I just found out or I would have been there. I loved Fran and will miss her so much. My prayers are with her family.
Freddie Conner

Sandy Dacheux

July 22, 2013

Fran and I only only spent a total of about three weeks together on trips but they were a few of the best weeks ever! We hit it off immediately, telling stories, laughing, and feeding off each other's joyful nature and love of learning. How I value those times spent together traveling! I only wish there could have been more, but I will think of her when I am off traveling again. She will never be forgotten! Sandy Dacheux (AL)

sean tanner

July 22, 2013

Rick , she was an amazing woman and I know you loved her as much as she loved you. God seen fit to make her an angel so she can watch over you. God bless you, Sean Tanner

July 22, 2013

Fran was a wonderful boss and friend. We had such good times when she worked in the Katy School District. I was blessed to have been her secretary for about 15 years! She was a wonderful person, educator, and friend. She meant so much to our family. I will miss her and our calls and chats! So lucky that she came to my retirement and was able to say a few words! Love Her Dearly - Ida Faye Elder, Don too!

Elsie Huang

July 22, 2013

Fran was a dear and wonderful person and friend. We have known Fran for over 40 years. Whenever we got together we would discuss all the good times we had. Fran was in attendance at our 25th and 50th Wedding Anniversaries. We shall truly miss our dear friend! Love, Elsie & C. C. Huang

July 21, 2013

Beautiful Fran! I am so sorry to hear this sad news. She was a truly lovely person.
Bitsy Harris

Vikki Boatman

July 21, 2013

I am sad to hear of Fran's passing, but so very thankful for being contacted. Fran was a great educator and mentor. She inspired me and made me a better educator.