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Frances Laverne (Cartwright) Hill

Frances Laverne (Cartwright) Hill

 Frances Laverne (Cartwright) Hill, age 89, of Mena, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 4th, at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab. She was born July 24, 1931, to Verner Evan Cartwright and Flora Ruth (Binion) Cartwright in Brownwood, Texas. 

Frances was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was an avid gardener and accomplished seamstress. She once said her claim to fame was when the comedian Bob Hope, on one of his TV specials, complimented Miss Abilene on the dress she was wearing, which Frances had designed and sewed. Frances was a proud liberal Democrat and a fierce advocate for education, tolerance, and love. She will be missed by all who knew her. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Byron Gilbert “B.G.” Hill; and one daughter, Valerie Laverne Snapp. 

Frances is survived by her son, Byron Evan Hill of Arlington, Texas; daughters, Carolyn Gregory of Arlington, Texas, and Jenny Petree of Irving, Texas. She was adored by her eight grandchildren, Heather Petree, Eric Petree, Matthew Hill, Travis Hill, Sadie Strickland, Mollie Snapp-Myers, Maggie Bowers, and Cody Snapp; her 13 great-grandchildren were a source of joy. Frances loved her “adopted” children and grandchildren, and her many dear friends. 

A memorial will be held in the spring and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. 

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