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Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home

4841 39th Street, Port Arthur, TX

OBITUARY

Mary Ruth Defrancis

January 13, 1934March 14, 2020
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Mary Ruth Haley Defrancis, died on March 14th, 2020 at Southeast Texas Medical Center in Port Arthur, Texas.

Mary was born on January 13th, 1934 in Port Arthur, Texas to Dallas and Christine Haley. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur and went to college later in life to pursue a degree in Art. Mary had the voice of an angel and sang in the church choir from the time she was a child. She and her younger sister Polly grew up surrounded by loving parents, grandparents and great-grandparents and always spoke with great joy about her childhood and family. Mary loved music, art, literature and cooking and was an amazing and prolific artist skilled in all mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpting. She loved beautiful clothes of the latest fashion and jewelry, especially rings; she loved animals, especially her cats she owned throughout her life and enjoyed nature and being outdoors. Mary loved antiques and classic movies and had a wonderful sense of humor and comedic timing and loved to tell jokes. She had a contagious laugh that would make anyone smile. Mary was a devoted mother and grandmother and was very proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren and was always extremely supportive of their talents. Mary was a woman of great faith as she faced many hardships and tragedies in her life, her faith never wavered.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Defrancis; sister, Polly Smith and husband Rush; children, Roxane Gray and husband Phillip, Carlo Defrancis, Amanda Defrancis, Ellen Scott, Stan Scott, Steve Scott; grandchildren, Haley and husband Chris, Hillary and husband Cole, Hannah, Dallas, Gavin, Cassie, Garrison, Stuart, Candice, Tanis, Katlynne; great grandchildren, Clark, Christian, Chloe and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Dallas and Christine Haley, two infant sons, grandparents and great-grandparents.

A visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur with a “Celebration of Life” service to begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Matthew 25:21 Well done my good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.

Services

  • A Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, March 20, 2020
  • A Memorial Service Friday, March 20, 2020

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Roxane Gray

March 18, 2020

Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who have sent their condolences. We want to let you know that because of the current situation, we understand if you can not be present at mom’s memorial service. If you are sick, please stay home. If you feel you can not attend because of health concerns, please stay home. We appreciate your love and support.

Amanda Defrancis

March 17, 2020

Mom I miss and love you I have alot of wonderful memories of us you are a wonderful person who loved her family you were always there for us and you always made our birthdays and holidays special I love and miss you,Cassie and Gavin adored youyou were the best grandmother we will see you again one day I know you are with jesus and the angels now and you are happy and peaceful ❤❤❤

Carol Maxwell

March 17, 2020

My sincerest condolences to Roxanne and the family. I have such fond memories of time spent at your home.
Much love,
CarolAnn (Champagne) Maxwell

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