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Obituary for Frances Clark (Mayfield)

Frances  Clark (Mayfield)
Clark, Frances Ann (nee Mayfield) on Sunday April 8, 2018. Loved daughter of the late Al and Catherine Mayfield. Beloved wife of Byron Clark. Loving mother of Byron (Tami) Clark II and Kathryn Clark and grandmother of Katie (Tyler) Rideout and Trevor Clark. Dear Sister of Yvonne Chandler.
Frances personified the Texas girl she was. She was born and raised in Anderson, Texas. Once the family moved to Nashville, TN she started developing the skills necessary to start her adult life. While attending Peabody Teacher's College she met the love of her life, Byron. The life-long commitment, that began with a blind date. The date was arranged by her future sister-in-law, Barbara. Frances had to be assured that Byron was indeed taller than her. Fran and Byron began their married life on October 10, 1953 and settled in Owensboro, KY. She went to work as a 3rd grade teacher until the first of 2 children came along. She loved to travel and enjoyed spending time with her Sweetheart. Once Byron II and Kathy came along she threw herself in to school parties, swim teams and for many years, she was a band Mom. She traveled with the Apollo High School Band for the seven or so years that Byron and Kathy played. She was involved in a Homemakers Club in Owensboro, which she faithfully attended until about 10 years ago. If she wasn’t on her way somewhere she was playing Double Solitaire, doing cross-stitch or puttering in the back yard flower garden. When the family was growing they frequently traveled to all the State Parks of Kentucky, after Byron retired they continued to travel together, adding the annual Wild Flower weekend at Natural Bridge, NC to the roster. Many in town will remember Fran from the restaurants she and Byron rotated after the children left home and Byron retired. She once said that when he retired from work, she retired as well, from cooking! She was a great Mom and Grandmother but she will probably be best remembered for her 64 years of commitment to her husband. Whether they were collecting Wild Flowers or walking in the Mall with friends they have never left each-others side. Frances leaves a legacy of true love and commitment to her parents, her husband, her children and grandchildren. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her saying: Many daughters are worthy but you excel above them all. Proverbs 31:28-29. She and Byron attended Settle Memorial Methodist Church of Owensboro, their entire married life.
Visitation Wednesday April 11th, 10am until time of Funeral Service beginning at 11am at Bopp Chapel.
A memorial service is being planned in Owensboro, KY to be announced at a later date. www.boppchapel.com
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