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Mary Frances "Fran" Hise


1925 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Mary Frances "Fran" Hise Obituary
Lubbock- Mary Frances Hise (Fran) was born July 22, 1925 in Sumiton, Alabama. When she was ten years old, the family moved 30 miles south to Birmingham. After completing high school, she worked for the Portland Cement Association during the final years of World War II.

After the war she met and married Henry Williams Hise, a US Marine Corps officer and a WWII veteran. For the next 25 years, she traveled back and forth across the United States from Newport, Rhode Island to Kaneohe, Hawaii as her husband "Hank" pursued his career as a Marine aviator, retiring as a Brigadier General in 1971.

During this time, Fran and Hank raised six children, but Fran did much of it on her own. Her husband's absence totaled several years as he was deployed to Korea, then Japan and the Philippines, and finally to Da Nang for thirteen months during the height of the Vietnam War, and during all of the years of Hank's absence, Fran never wavered in her strength.

Fran was Hank's rock, always solid and secure. Her steadfastness in maintaining their homes, the caring of the children, and her love for him, allowed Hank to know the family would be safe, regardless of the dangers he faced. Fran never complained about her husband's absences and the dangerous nature of his profession, she concentrated instead upon what was important to her and to Hank, raising the family in a loving home. She was a profoundly tough and competent person, devoted to her family. Their marriage survived two wars, years of separation and the ever-present threat of an early death for Hank. She always said she never worried about Hank when he went out of the door, and that she knew he would always come back. She was right about that. And Hank knew when he went out of the door, that when he came back, Fran would be there with the children, and loving him. He was right about that.

Their marriage lasted more than 60 years. When Hank was overseas they wrote to each other every day. She kept all of the correspondence. Hundreds of letters remain as a testament to their love for each other and the strength of their marriage.

Fran and Hank enjoyed many joyous and active years in retirement in Elgin and Lubbock, Texas. Fran pursued gardening, reading and traveling. She had many close friends and was fortunate enough to have the love of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who will remember her. Fran will be interred with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery.

The family will welcome friends to celebrate Fran's life on Friday, September 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Carillon Campus in the Windsong Building, Caprock Room. The family suggests memorials to the Carillon Foundation, 1717 Norfolk, Lubbock TX, 79416, or, Science: It's a Girl Thing, Texas Tech University, P.O. Box 45065, Lubbock, TX 79409.

We thankfully acknowledge Dr. Brad Snodgrass for his years of extraordinary medical care and concern for our family.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2018
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