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5801 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ

OBITUARY

Frances Beard Tucker Burrows

June 23, 1923July 18, 2020
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Frances Beard Tucker Burrows, age 97, of Tucson, Arizona passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Frances was born June 23, 1923.

Frances Beard Tucker Burrows

A beautiful Southern Belle, born in Savannah, Georgia, Frances was the daughter of Sumter Earl Beard and Velma Victoria (Glover) Beard. Her father’s family had deep roots in Columbia, SC and she was a proud member of the Founding Families of the State of South Carolina.

Summers were spent enjoying deep-sea fishing with her father in Savannah, Georgia and the rest of the year was spent with her mother’s parents (her grandparents) in Montgomery, Alabama. They raised her as her mother passed away when she was only 6 years old. Frances came from a long line of very beautiful, strong and extremely capable women. Her stunning figure, blue/green eyes, lovely hair combined with her Southern accent, elegance and grace was so alluring.

Frances was in every way a shining example of the “Greatest Generation”. She was a military wife and mother married to James W. Tucker through World War Two and the Korean War traveling all over the world. She knew what it was like to live in a small shack in the California desert in the early 40’s before World War Two and also what it was like to ride camels in the Sahara desert in the 50’s. Frances was a beautiful and loving mother to her three children James, Tommy and Jeannie. She and her husband designed, constructed and built their home in Miami, Florida and one later in Tucson, Arizona.

Frances was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Military Order of the World Wars and other military organizations. Having a very kind heart, she always showed true concern for others through charitable outreach. After traveling so much in her life and living in many countries, she had a great appreciation for the different cultures and people of the world. Frances was a strong Humanitarian and often wrote letters to those in power fighting for people's human rights and freedoms.

Her second husband, Albert C. Burrows was a Navy Rear Admiral. They lived in Tucson, Arizona. She was a member of the Ladies of the Nile at the local Shrine Temple. Frances was privileged and proud to support military life.

Through the years, she studied nutrition in depth and created art as she painted the people and places she had visited in her life. She always took the best care of her family’s health and nutrition. Frances became an author after many years of research on historical genealogy. Her legacy as an author of family research on many different family names can be seen in her books that are part of the library of congress under the name of Frances B. Burrows.

Frances had remarkable rhythm and danced with her daughter Jeannie to her favorite swing music. She loved the music of the 40’s but really any song with good rhythm made her want to get up and dance. In the spring of 1943 she danced the night away at the Hollywood Palladium to the sounds of Benny Goodman and his Orchestra. Her love of dance was passed on to her daughter Jeannie.

She possessed an amazing spirit that shined so brightly through her radiant blue/green eyes. Frances could charm anyone, did not take any medicine and proudly walked without any assistance. Thanks to her research and discipline through the years, she was a beautiful example of how to live long and well. At 97, she did her own lovely make-up and always said a lady was not fully dressed without her lipstick and a beautiful pair of earrings on. She was an inspiration to all who met her and will be missed by so many.

Frances is survived by her son James W. Tucker and her daughter Jeannie Tucker. She had two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her cousin Lamar Briley. She is preceded in death by her son Tommy E. Tucker, her husband of 36 years, James W. Tucker, her second husband Albert C. Burrows and her half brother William J. Ginnavan.

To help us celebrate my mother's life, we have set up a Memorial Grove in her name (Frances B. Burrows) through an organization called Trees for a Change. The trees will be planted in a National Forest that was destroyed by wildfire. Mom's trees will help restore the beauty of the forest and will be a living tribute to her for years to come. Our family will get a framed certificate with the number of trees and a card with all messages after all the contributions have come in. We invite friends, family and members of the community to contribute trees to this special grove by visiting this link: https://www.treesforachange.com/products/custom-grove-of-trees

Please also feel free to share this link with anyone you know who might like to be involved.

Click link below for a tribute movie from Jeannie Tucker.

https://youtu.be/jUOvbynq6gE

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
23 September

Memorial Service

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Memories

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Nancy Miller-Thorne

September 19, 2020

My brother Julian, My sister Virginia, My mother Ada Louise Carroll Hartzog and I Nancy Hartzog Miller drove to Arizona in 2005 to meet your mom Fran. Our mom and Fran were well acquainted with each other from phone calls and letters having to do with genealogy for almost 20 years , but never met so we decided to make the trip so they could have a personal visit and we all really enjoyed our time with Fran. We enjoyed our time together and hearing about you Jean and your love for dancing from your mom. You did such a great job putting together memories of her life that allowed us all to again remember how much love she had for life and all of us that had the privilege of knowing her. I know that Fran and our mother are enjoying being together again and still talking genealogy. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you Jean.

Joy Ozier

September 13, 2020

I have known Frances as a sweet loving Lady. Always ready with a smile. Love her, Joy

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