Frances Lois Reasonover

May 25, 1917February 26, 2018
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Frances Lois Reasonover passed away February 26, 2018 at the Kemp Care Center in Kemp. Frances was born May 25, 1917 to Charles "Ed" Reasonover Sr. and Catherine "Katy" Gilchrist McDougald in Kemp. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers John Roy Reasonover and wife Claribel of Pasadena, Charles Edward Reasonover Jr. and wife Juanita (Shorty Cain) of Kemp, sisters Mary Reasonover and Betty Reasonover of Kemp. She is survived by her two nephews of Kemp, William Edward Reasonover and James Glen Reasonover, her two nieces Myra Kent and husband Leonard of Tyler, Alta Owens and husband Larry of Hedley, great nieces and nephews; Katherine Carter and husband Lyle of Dallas, Laura Owens of Canyon, James Kent and wife Geneva of Tyler, Donald Owens and wife Colleen of Hedley, and three great great nephews, Benjamin Cash Carter, Charles Owens and Connor Owens.

Frances was a lifetime member of the church of Christ with later membership at the Ola church of Christ. She was devoted to her family and her country. A graduate of East Texas State Teacher's College with extended studies at the University of Arkansas and Cornell University, she received a Masters from Texas State Teachers College for Women. She taught Home Economics in Edgewood High School San Antonio and Kemp High School. After World War II she worked for the Farmers Home Administration and Home Demonstration that led to her career of over 30 years as Foods and Nutrition Specialist for the Extension Service in College Station. While in College Station, she would tell stories of the Corp boys and their antics on campus. She also gained many friends there and so enjoyed getting to know her cousin, Mrs. J.D. (Mary) Mccrady and her wonderful family.

In December 1942 Frances joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and was Honorably Discharged in 1943. She received the WWII Victory Medal and WAAC Service Medal for her service to her country.

She was a member of many civic organizations including Founding member of the local Sarah Maples Chapter, an officer in the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Huguenot Society, Daughters of 1812 and Daughters of American Colonies. In her 90's, Frances wrote and published a McDougald family history book and was responsible for the placement of a Texas Historical Marker at a pioneer family cemetery located just southeast of Kemp. Because of her dedication to the preservation of history she was honored in November 2016 with the Sarah Maples Chapter of the National Society Daughter of American Revolution "Women of American History Award" for 2016.

A true patriot who loved her country, Frances will be missed by her many friends and family. She was an avid reader up to just a few days before her passing, read the Dallas Morning News, Monitor, Kaufman Herald and many other publications. She also loved telling old stories to the staff about her life growing up in Kaufman County on the family farm just south of Kemp.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and kind staff at the Kemp Care Center and Solaris Hospice that were always so sweet to her. A special thanks to Kat Fox and Kathleen Bennett, two ladies that loved her and stayed with her at the Care Center.


  • Charles "Ed" Reasonover Jr. and Catherine "Katy" Gilchrist (McDougald), Parents
  • John Roy Reasonover and wife Claribel, Brother and Wife
  • Charles Edward Reasonover Jr. and wife Juanita (Shorty Cain), Brother and Wife
  • Mary Reasonover and Betty Reasonover, Sisters
  • William Edward Reasonover and James Glen Reasonover, Nephews
  • Myra Kent and Leonard, Niece and Husband
  • Alta Owens and Larry, Niece and Husband
  • Katherine Carter and husband Lyle, Laura Owens, James Kent and wife Geneva, Donald Owens and wife Colleen, Great Nieces and Nephews
  • Benjamin Cash Carter, Charles Owens and Connor Owens, Great-Great Nephews

  • James Reasonover
  • William Reasonover
  • Leonard Kent
  • Larry Owens
  • James Kent
  • Donald Owens
  • Lyle Carter

  • Arms of Hope Boles Children's Home


  • Visitation Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 3, 2018

Frances Lois Reasonover

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Jean (Anderson) Paulsel

March 13, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Miss Reasonover's death. Many years ago, I was a young County Extension Agent and I remember so well meeting her and being so impressed by her knowledge of everything home economics! It was a pleasure to know her.

Mollie Stinson

March 10, 2018

To the family of Frances Reasonover,
Please accept my deepest sympathy.
I am Mollie Jordan Stinson and I grew up in Kaufman County. My parents, Emmett and Nan Jordan, were friends with Miss Reasonover. They were both teachers at Kaufman High School. In 1954 my first job after college was as a home demonstration agent in Bailey County, Texas. Miss Reasonover was the first extension specialist to visit me. She shared her expertise with me. I was glad to see a familiar and friendly face and learned much from her visit. I admired her greatly. My sister-in-law, Corinne Stinson, later became an extension specialist and she and Frances were friends.

Jean Ann Halbert Warner

March 1, 2018

So sad to hear of Frances’ passing. She was one strong woman! My memories of her & the family are sweet & MANY!! I am in the process of moving to Waco & will not see & get to hug family. Y’all are in my prayers. I love all of you so much! Jean Ann

Myra Kent

March 1, 2018

We will all miss you Aunt Frances. We know that you are with Ma, Pa, Aunt Sis and Aunt Betty.