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Frances Oyler Obituary

Oyler, Frances Miller Frances Miller Oyler, a Dallas County resident since 1941 and who, at the time of her passing, was the senior-most resident at Abba Care Assisted Living in Garland, died Friday, May 22, 2009, at age 102. Born Margaret Frances Miller in Prattville, TX, on April 12, 1907, her parents were Marcus Brain Miller and Mattie Ann Harris Miller, pioneer residents of Delta County. She had been the last surviving of three red-haired sisters--the other two, Bonnie Miller Estes and Mable Miller Wheeler, having preceded her in death. Frances graduated from Cooper High School in 1927 and worked for a bank and at the county extension office in Cooper. She moved to Dallas in 1941 when she married Herbert J. Oyler, founder of the popular Mesquite Barbecue restaurant in Mesquite and inventor of the world-renowned Oyler Pit. After her marriage she worked for Republic National Bank in Dallas, with her service in the banking business spanning a period of 21 years. She retired in 1986 from the occupational therapy department at Timberlawn Psychiatric Center. She was a member of the International Toastmistress Club and Calvary Baptist Church in Garland. A Christian from her youth, Frances until just before her passing was active in the regular Bible studies and church services at Abba Care as well as in all the activities there. Like her sisters and her mother, Frances was an accomplished needle artist, especially in the area of quilting and stitching afghans. She also was skilled in crafts, painting, and ceramics. Although she had no children of her own, she and Herbert lavished love on their nieces and nephews, who treasure the legacy of devotion that this special aunt and uncle left them. During their 32-year marriage Frances and Herbert traveled widely, as sales of his remarkable barbecue pit grew throughout the U.S. and later worldwide. Although Herbert was killed in a train-vehicle collision behind his barbecue restaurant in 1973 and Frances outlived him by 36 years, he was her eternal sweetheart who remained as much alive to her in her conversation and thoughts as he was during their courtship. Also preceding Frances in death were her parents, her sisters, her brothers-in-law, J.D. Wheeler and Bill Estes, and her nephew, Joe Choate. She is survived by nieces and nephews Yvonne and Wheat Brooks of Cooper and Kay and Louis Moore of Garland; great-nieces and -nephews Mark and Eleene Choate, Bill and Jana Choate, Lynda Jaggers and fiance George Matthews, Matthew and Marcie Moore, and Katie and Casey Welch; great-great-nieces and - nephews Marleene and Josh Wible, Jarod and Cara Jaggers, Brett Jaggers, Jason Choate, Shelley and Jarrett Wilson and Caroline Grace Moore; and great-great-great niece Mia Kate Wible and great-great-great nephew Landry Scott Willson. Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in Wildwood Chapel of Restland Funeral Home & Cemetery, with burial at Restland. Officiating will be the Revs. Bruce Kassab and Ron Jordan. The family extends profound gratitude to Kimberly McMillin, M.D.; Paula Shaw, R.N., and the staff of Odyssey Hospice; and Victoria Villapando, R.N., and the loving staff of Abba Care for their attentive devotion to Frances during her last months and days.
Published in the Dallas Morning News on 5/25/2009
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