Mary Frances Gray, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas died on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at The Green House Cottages of Homewood in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on Tuesday, September 8, 1936 to Titus Aaron and Bertha Mae Hay Manasco in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Frances was a good Christian woman who enjoyed singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, and vacation bible school. She attended Brookland Baptist Church for ten years and Truman Baptist Church for ten years before moving to Mena and attending the First Baptist Church. Frances had a passion and talent for teaching piano as well as Sunday school. She always took great care of her beloved family. Everyone loved all her cooking, especially her enchiladas. Frances was a published author having written 2 books and she was proud to have achieved three college degrees, her Associates of Business, Bachelors in Music, and her Masters in Music. Frances was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
Frances is preceded in death by her parents.
Frances is survived by her loving husband, Jimmy Gray of Mena; one son and daughter in law, Donny and Darlene Gray of Douglas, Georgia; three daughters, Mary Ann Reddick of Fayetteville, Katheryn Sue Davis of Arlington, Tennessee, and Nancy Lynn French of Virginia Beach, Virginia; one sister, Ann Averitt of Fayetteville; eleven grandchildren; twenty-eight grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas with Dr. Russell Threet, Brother Frank Rosipal, and Brother Roger Bishop officiating. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be general.
Pallbearers will be Will Bowers, E Wayne McDaniel, Stokes Herod, Kevin Williams, Jonathan Welch, and Matthew Bowser.