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Francis Lillian “Frankye” Woodruff

Francis Lillian “Frankye” Woodruff passed Thursday, May 25, 2017.  She was born July 15, 1931.  She was preceded in death by husband Ken, mother Lola Brewer, and father C.D. Shores.  She is survived by her sister Gayle Kick, her daughters Barbara and Cindy, and her sons Casey and Todd.  She left ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Frankye’s life saw her call “home” in such varied places as Mena, Arkansas; Rolla, Missouri; Renton, Washington; Burlington, North Carolina; Bolingbrook, Illinois; and Dallas, Texas.

She frequently found herself in leadership roles. She served as president of the Missouri Jaycee Wives and president of the Williams High School Band Boosters.  She headed field operations for a number of marketing research companies in the Chicagoland area, frequently supervising over 100 employees.

She was the church organist at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Burlington, North Carolina.  This passion led her to provide private piano lessons to neighborhood children late into her life.

She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and never missed a Bulls game during the Michael Jordan era.  She was also a fan of the Zinfandel grape.

She will always be remembered for her devotion to her children, her abundant charm and sense of humor, and her strong willpower in leading her family.

Graveside service will be Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Father Tran officiating under the direction of the Beasley Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be two hours prior to service at Beasley Wood Chapel.


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