OBITUARY

Frances Minnette New

August 25, 1924December 31, 2020

Minnette Petty Moore New Aug. 25, 1924 – Dec. 31, 2020

Frances Minnette New, 96, passed away on Thurs., Dec. 31, at Hospice of South Texas in Victoria. Minnette was born at home in the Henry Prairie Community near Franklin on Aug. 25, 1924—the hottest day of the year. She was the eldest of Francis Calvin and Lucile Lomax Petty’s three daughters. Minnette, Janelle and Mary Jo were inseparable: they laughed together, fought together, cried together and loved together. Minnette felt responsible for her younger sisters. After losing Mary Jo in 2002, she stubbornly waited for Janelle to pass away six weeks ago before she herself was willing to pass on. Minnette attended the Henry Prairie School until her final two years of high school. In 1941, she graduated from Franklin High School and was the last known living member of her class. Minnette’s grandfather was a founding member of Henry Prairie Baptist Church, and it was there that she embarked on her lifelong commitment to Christ. In 1942, Minnette married her high school sweetheart, James Moore. The couple moved to Houston where they welcomed a daughter, Frances Elaine. A year later, James enlisted in the Army. On June 20, 1945, his plane was shot down over the Philippines, leaving Minnette a widow at the age of 20. In 1949, Minnette married another Franklin native, Joe New. They lived in College Station until Joe graduated from Texas A&M. Joe’s job with Conoco took the two to San Antonio, where their son, Jon Robert, was born. In 1959, they settled in Victoria and opened New Distributing Co., a Conoco fuel and lubricant company. Minnette and Joe enjoyed 51 happy years together, 41 of which were in Victoria. From the time they arrived in Victoria, they were active members of First Baptist Church, and the women in Minnette’s BYKOTA (Be Ye Kind One to Another) Sunday School class became her closest friends. Over the years, these ladies supported one another through good times and bad as they studied, prayed, served and worshiped the Lord together. Minnette spent several years as a Pink Lady volunteer at DeTar Hospital. She also enjoyed many years in the Decora Women’s Study Club. She loved history and exploring new places and, as a result, traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada with family, friends and travel clubs. Minnette was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, in 2000. Also predeceasing her were her sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jo and Jim Carleton, and Janelle and Jack Maris; a nephew, Alan Carleton; Joe’s siblings and their spouses: Eloise Tighe (Jimmy), Jack (Roger), Harry (Edna), Jeff and Donald (Justine); and James’s siblings and their spouses: Jewel Holmes (Raymond), Edna McMahon (Tom); Wesley (Helen), Cecil, Tommy, Leon Junior and Juanita Collier (Buddy). Minnette leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and John Bounds of College Station; her son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Susan New of Victoria; sisters-in-law Mildred New, Chrys Moore and LaVerne Moore; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren: Kara and Jay Socol (Grant), Collin Bounds, Aaron and Leslie New (Kamie, Morgen and Whitten), Devin and Lacey New (Emma, Georgia, Addison and Charlotte), and Haley and Craig Jeffrey (Case and Caroline); and many other members of the Petty, New and Moore families, all of whom she loved. Minnette’s favorite place to be was anywhere with her family. She was happy when we were happy, and she hurt when we hurt. She showed us what it means to love your family fully and unconditionally. Special thanks go out to Minnette’s devoted caregiver, Ruth Griffin, and her cherished neighbors and friends, David and Janice Hudson. The family would also like to thank the staff of Senior Helpers, as well as Dr. Ty Meyer and the Hospice of South Texas staff, who enabled Minnette’s final days to be comfortable and peaceful. A private funeral service for Minnette is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Victoria. Due to the COVID pandemic, attendance will be limited to family. Pallbearers will be Aaron New, Devin New, Harry New, Jay Socol, Craig Jeffrey and Grant Socol. Honorary pallbearers are John Bounds and Collin Bounds. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Minnette’s memory to the First Baptist Church, 301 N. Glass, Victoria, TX 77901 or to Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust, Victoria, TX 77901. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Francis Calvin Petty, Father (deceased)
  • Lucille Lomax Petty, Mother (deceased)
  • Joe New, Husband (deceased)
  • James Moore, First Husband (deceased)
  • Elaine (John) Bounds, Daughter
  • Jon (Susan) New, Son
  • Mildred New, Sister-in-law
  • Chrys Moore, Sister-in-law
  • LaVerne Moore, Sister-in-law
  • Kara (Jay) Socol, Grandaughter
  • Collin Bounds, Grtandson
  • Aaron (Leslie) New, Grandson
  • Devin (Lacey) New, Grandson
  • Haley (Craig) Jeffrey, Granddaughter
  • Grant Socol, Great Grandchild
  • Kamie, Morgen & Whitten New, Great grandchildren
  • Emma, Georgia, Addison & Charlotte New, Great grandchildren
  • Case & Caroline Jeffrey, Great grandchildren
  • Mary Jo (Jim) Carleton, Sister (deceased)
  • Janelle ( Jack) Maris, Sister (deceased)
  • Alan Carleton, Nephew (deceased)
  • Eloise (Jimmy) Tighe, Joe's sister (deceased)
  • Jack (Roger) New, Joe's brother (deceased)
  • Harry (Edna) New, Joe's brother (deceased)
  • Jeff New, Joe's brother (deceased)
  • Donald (Justine) New, Joe's brother (deceased)
  • Jewel (Raymond) Holmes, James' sister
  • Edna (Tom) McMahon, James' sister (deceased)
  • Wesley (Helen) Moore, James' brother (deceased)
  • Cecil Moore, James' brother (deceased)
  • Tommy Moore, James' brother (deceased)
  • Leon Moore, Jr, James' brother (deceased)
  • Juanita (Buddy) Collier, James' sister (deceased)
  • Minnette also leaves many other members of the Petty, New and Moore families to cherish her memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Aaron New
  • Devin New
  • Harry New
  • Jay Socol
  • Craig Jeffrey
  • Grant Socol
  • John Bounds, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Collin Bounds, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • First Baptist Church
  • Hospice of South Texas

Services

  • Private Funeral ( Due to COVID attendance will be limited to family)

    Friday, January 8, 2021

Memories

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Jim Shamburger

January 8, 2021

Cheryl and I wanted to express our love and appreciation for Minnette .
What a blessing she and Joe were to our lives! We are thankful for their
Loving support of First Baptist Church and kingdom causes! What a blessing they were to the Shamburger family. I know heaven is a better place now that Minnette has arrived! Thank you Jon & Elaine for all you did to take care of her. The world will miss Minnette New! What a Christian Lady! Love, Jim & Cheryl Shamburger

Denise Villafranca

January 8, 2021

Our deepest condolences Your Mother/Grandmother was a beautiful person inside and out. We loved being her neighbor and enjoyed our daily visits. We will miss her but we know she is resting in peace.
James and Denise Villafranca

Ray Moore

January 7, 2021

Elaine, Mildred and I wish to offer you our sincerest condolences for the lost of your mother, another member of the "Greatest Generation". While we had not seen your mom in a lot of years, I will always remember going over to the Petty farm on Sunday afternoons after church with my grand parents for homemade ice cream the Petty family had put together. I will remember her as nice and very soft spoken. We known she is at peace now. God Speed Minnette.

A. Jeannine Atzenhoffer

January 7, 2021

Jon & Aaron & family-so very sorry to hear of your mom's/grandmother's passing. She must have been a remarkable woman-having read her lovely obituary tribute. My thoughts & prayers are w/you during this sad time. May all the happy memories spent together help you through this loss.

Linda New Alvey

January 7, 2021

Jon and family and Elaine and family,

Aunt Nett was very special and dear to our hearts. She was beautiful and so very kind to Sandy and me. She was ever the gracious hostess and a wonderful cook. I will miss her and her calls on birthdays and holidays.

Love,
Linda and Sandy
and family

Angie Beam-Chilek

January 7, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the family.
I met Ms. Minnette while visiting my mother at Vitality Court.
She was a sweetheart!
She extended an open invitation to my mom and me to stop by and visit her anytime. She enjoyed showing off her collections and treasures that she acquired during her travels. She took us room by room in her beautiful apartment and told us the story of each room and who it belong to.
She truly loved her family and they meant everything to her.
I’m glad our paths crossed.
She and my mom enjoyed their daily visits at Vitality Court-(my mom refers to it as jail)!
May she rest peacefully in her heavenly home.
Prayers and hugs to each of you.
Sincerely,
Angie Chilek and
Betty Beam

Kathy (Moore) Stanley

January 6, 2021

We want to send our condolences to Elaine and Family.
So sorry for your loss, and sending our prayers to you and your family.
Thinking of you,
Laverne Moore and Kathy (Moore) Stanley

Doris Dickson

January 6, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. Minnette was a special lady and we are thankful to have had the privilege of knowing her. We always enjoyed our visits when we saw her at Vitality Court. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Ron and Doris Dickson

Edward Walker

January 5, 2021

Dear Jon and Susan,

I know that while you are celebrating your mother's life, you are mourning her absence deeply. What an amazing life she lived and what an example she set for all of you. I know you and Susan as well as the rest of your family are striving to keep it alive.

Both of you remain in my thoughts as I remember the friendship you both extended to me all those years ago. It is hard to fathom that nearly 50 years have passed since those days in Victoria. I have followed you both through the years and know that God is pleased with what you have done with your lives. I am far away from Victoria and far away from being the medical doctor I aspired to be.

Be assured of my prayers as you go through the grief process. May God bless and keep your whole family in the days ahead. Stay safe!

Grace and peace,

"Eddie"
Edward R. Walker, PhD, CPA
University of Central Oklahoma
College of Business
Edmond, OK 73034

Michael Biehunko

January 5, 2021

I was a partner at Rosewood Funeral Chapels until I retired in May 2016. Jon and Susan I am so sorry for the loss of Mrs. New. I helped the family with Mr. New's arrangements when he passed away and was a honored to be there for the family. When I saw Mrs. New either at HEB, in town or at funerals she was a lady that represented such class. Her hair was perfect and she was dressed to perfection. She will definitely be missed in the Victoria community. May god bring his blessings and prayers upon this fine family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Minnette Petty Moore New
Aug. 25, 1924 – Dec. 31, 2020

Frances Minnette New, 96, passed away on Thurs., Dec. 31, at Hospice of South Texas in Victoria.
Minnette was born at home in the Henry Prairie Community near Franklin on Aug. 25, 1924—the hottest day of the year. She was the eldest of Francis Calvin and Lucile Lomax Petty’s three daughters. Minnette, Janelle and Mary Jo were inseparable: they laughed together, fought together, cried together and loved together. Minnette felt responsible for her younger sisters. After losing Mary Jo in 2002, she stubbornly waited for Janelle to pass away six weeks ago before she herself was willing to pass on.
Minnette attended the Henry Prairie School until her final two years of high school. In 1941, she graduated from Franklin High School and was the last known living member of her class. Minnette’s grandfather was a founding member of Henry Prairie Baptist Church, and it was there that she embarked on her lifelong commitment to Christ.
In 1942, Minnette married her high school sweetheart, James Moore. The couple moved to Houston where they welcomed a daughter, Frances Elaine. A year later, James enlisted in the Army. On June 20, 1945, his plane was shot down over the Philippines, leaving Minnette a widow at the age of 20.
In 1949, Minnette married another Franklin native, Joe New. They lived in College Station until Joe graduated from Texas A&M. Joe’s job with Conoco took the two to San Antonio, where their son, Jon Robert, was born. In 1959, they settled in Victoria and opened New Distributing Co., a Conoco fuel and lubricant company. Minnette and Joe enjoyed 51 happy years together, 41 of which were in Victoria. From the time they arrived in Victoria, they were active members of First Baptist Church, and the women in Minnette’s BYKOTA (Be Ye Kind One to Another) Sunday School class became her closest friends. Over the years, these ladies supported one another through good times and bad as they studied, prayed, served and worshiped the Lord together.
Minnette spent several years as a Pink Lady volunteer at DeTar Hospital. She also enjoyed many years in the Decora Women’s Study Club. She loved history and exploring new places and, as a result, traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada with family, friends and travel clubs.
Minnette was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, in 2000. Also predeceasing her were her sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jo and Jim Carleton, and Janelle and Jack Maris; a nephew, Alan Carleton; Joe’s siblings and their spouses: Eloise Tighe (Jimmy), Jack (Roger), Harry (Edna), Jeff and Donald (Justine); and James’s siblings and their spouses: Jewel Holmes (Raymond), Edna McMahon (Tom); Wesley (Helen), Cecil, Tommy, Leon Junior and Juanita Collier (Buddy).
Minnette leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and John Bounds of College Station; her son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Susan New of Victoria; sisters-in-law Mildred New, Chrys Moore and LaVerne Moore; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren: Kara and Jay Socol (Grant), Collin Bounds, Aaron and Leslie New (Kamie, Morgen and Whitten), Devin and Lacey New (Emma, Georgia, Addison and Charlotte), and Haley and Craig Jeffrey (Case and Caroline); and many other members of the Petty, New and Moore families, all of whom she loved.
Minnette’s favorite place to be was anywhere with her family. She was happy when we were happy, and she hurt when we hurt. She showed us what it means to love your family fully and unconditionally.
Special thanks go out to Minnette’s devoted caregiver, Ruth Griffin, and her cherished neighbors and friends, David and Janice Hudson. The family would also like to thank the staff of Senior Helpers, as well as Dr. Ty Meyer and the Hospice of South Texas staff, who enabled Minnette’s final days to be comfortable and peaceful.
A private funeral service for Minnette is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Victoria. Due to the COVID pandemic, attendance will be limited to family. Pallbearers will be Aaron New, Devin New, Harry New, Jay Socol, Craig Jeffrey and Grant Socol. Honorary pallbearers are John Bounds and Collin Bounds.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Minnette’s memory to the First Baptist Church, 301 N. Glass, Victoria, TX 77901 or to Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust, Victoria, TX 77901.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.