OBITUARY

Frances Marian Winder Hunter

January 26, 1928January 7, 2021

On Thursday, the 7th of January 2021, our dear wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother succumbed to the impact of the Covid-19 virus which she had battled for the past two and a half months. We are so thankful for her long and substantive life but have been broken hearted at the manner in which it was taken from her. We are thankful that she has gone home to her heavenly Father and is at peace now.

Frances was born on the 26th of January 1928, in Gainesville, Texas, to Mabel Savage Winder and Ray Winder. She spent her childhood and adolescence in Gainesville before going to George Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, Tennessee where she obtained a BS in Industrial Arts. She worked as a draftswoman for an architect for a couple of years before marrying John Calvin Hunter from Columbia, Tennessee in 1950 and moving to Houston, Texas. Frances taught school, Sunday School and was a Brownie leader for several years sharing her loving and positive attitude with the students she taught. She became involved in American Field Service (AFS) where she coordinated the accommodation of international exchange students with local families. Frances was the Volunteer Cradle Roll Director at Second Baptist Church, where she was a dedicated member for over 70 years, facilitating visits to new mothers in the church and organizing personalized New Testaments to be presented to the new babies. She also taught English as a second language through the church program, ‘Friends’, to women who had arrived in Houston from all over the world. The language skills and support they received was invaluable to so many of these women. For almost 25 years, she was a volunteer at the Hospitality Apartments serving as the Volunteer Coordinator as well as a Trustee and Advisor. The Hospitality Apartments provide free temporary accommodation and a supportive environment to long term, out of town patients of the Medical Center in Houston. This service and ministry has been such a blessing for so many patients and their families. Frances lived a life filled with love and service.

Beloved wife of 70 years to John, who has also battled the effects of Covid and is currently residing in a skilled nursing residence in Houston. Devoted mother and mother-in-law to John Hunter and Susan Miertschin who reside in Houston and Pamela and Roger Davis who reside in Sydney Australia. Adored ‘Mimi’ to grandchildren Jill Hunter, Julie Hunter, Robert Hunter, Joey Hunter, Courtney Davis Aho, Brendan Hunter Davis, and Alexandra Davis Pryke. Cherished great-grandmother to Isabel and Rose Asher and Avery, Cody and Beckett Aho. Dearly loved sister of Mary Katherine Nelson Clifford, aunt of Robert Nelson and Debbi Winder, and much loved ‘adopted’ mom of Margi Brown Ash and Miguel Suarez. She is pre-deceased by her brother John Ray Winder and her parents Ray and Mabel Winder.

A memorial service and celebration of Frances’ life is to be conducted at three o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 14th of January, in the Sanctuary of Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston. The service can also be viewed on www.second.org/liveevents or by simply selecting the "Join Livestream" icon in the service information below.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Frances’ name be directed to Hospitality Apartments, 7300 Bertner Ave., Houston, TX, 77030 (HospitalityApartments.org); or to Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Dr., Houston, TX, 77057 (Second.org) Second Loves Kids Ministry. Direct links to these charities are accessible below also.

Frances will be sadly missed by her loving family and friends and remembered for her kindness, dedication and generosity by all who knew her.

“God has you in His keeping, We have you in our hearts.”

Services

  • Memorial Service and Celebration of Life

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

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  • Memorial Service and Celebration of Life

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

Memories

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Linda Simcox

January 14, 2021

It was always a delight when Frances would join John at Bering on special occasions. My first, and lasting, impression of Frances was that she was a beautiful and gracious woman who radiated the warmth of Jesus.

My family was distressed to hear of her passing, but we celebrate her graduation into the arms of her Savior.

John, we keep you and your family in our prayers in this time of struggle and loss.

You are dearly loved and respected.

Lillian Porter

January 14, 2021

Frances has been a blessing in my life as she has been in many . I was about 5 years old when she came to Second Baptist. I am now approaching 76 and her lovingkindness still lives on in happy memories. Having left Houston over 50 years ago, but returning frequently since my family was still there, I had the pleasure of occasionally being in her soft, gracious, loving presence. Pam, thank
you so much for bringing her to my father's ,(Gil Turner),funeral in
2011. John, you gave a marvelous eulogy for your mother. And John, beloved husband and soulmate of Frances, she is in Heaven
but her heart is still with you. Love is stronger than death. Lillian
Turner Porter

Linda Pospisil

January 14, 2021

Just finished watching the Memorial. It was beautiful celebration of her life. What a wonderful lady. Praying for you all.

Gina Rebman

January 14, 2021

A beautiful and amazing woman. We loved and admired her and John. Makes me so sad this Covid invaded their lives. May God hold you all close and give you healing and comfort. We will all miss her.

Kathy Straker

January 13, 2021

The picture you chose of Frances does a wonderful job of capturing her spirit!

I always enjoyed the opportunity to talk with Frances and she had the gift of making each person feel special.

We join you in gratitude for a life well lived and grieve with you in the loss of one so dearly loved.

May God pour out peace and comfort on each of you.

Love and Prayers,

Kathy Straker

Jeanne Riley Blackmon

January 13, 2021

My love and prayers go out to you, John, Pam and other family - My first memories of Frances are from 1956 when I would go to the toddler nursery after church to "claim" Jan - and she always wanted Pam to come with her! What a lovely, caring person Frances was, always with a beautiful smile and a gentle hug and a kind word. She touched so many lives in such a wonderful way - her legacy will live on and on. Heaven's rejoicing is our sadness - Blessing to all of you as you face this especially difficult loss during this especially difficult time. Love and prayers - Jeanne

Paula Fieser

January 12, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of Frances' passing. I will always remember her as one of the kindest, sweetest souls I have ever met. When I joined a new Bible class at church and did not know a single person, Frances immediately asked me to sit with her. I was so happy to have a new friend in class and we sat together every Sunday for the next several years. My heartfelt condolences go out to John and the the entire family.

Rebecca Abbott

January 12, 2021

I will always remember her kind soft voice and her warm smile. She lit up a room when she entered. Praying for you all and rejoicing that she is home in heaven.

Debbie Sullivan Moore

January 12, 2021

All of us in the Joe and Ouida Sullivan family wish to share with you our condolences of the loss of your sweet Mom. She and John were such special neighbors to all of us on Green Valley. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family for comfort and we will all cling to our wonderful memories.
Love and comfort,
Joe Sullivan
Debbie & Jack Moore
Joe Sullivan Jr.
Kay & Joe Heard
Paul & Caroline Sullivan

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FROM THE FAMILY