Frances Elizabeth Smith Isaacs went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 22, 2014. Mrs. Isaacs was born on September 22, 1918 in Wichita Falls, TX to James "Art" Smith and Minnie Ola Smith (neé Potter). Her family, which included three sisters and one brother, moved to Amarillo, TX in 1920 where Mrs. Isaacs attended public schools and graduated from Amarillo High School May 1937. During high school she met and later married C.L. "Jack" Isaacs in 1938. They were blessed to be married for 51 years. Jack and Frances had three children; Preston, Linda and Jay. In 1952 they moved to Roswell, NM where they lived for over 50 years. During their time in Roswell they were active in the community, devoted members of First United Methodist Church, which they joined in 1958, and the Roswell Masonic Lodge. Mrs. Isaacs was actively involved in Roswell Chapter #10 Order of Eastern Star, Assembly #116 Social Order of Beauceant, Daughters of the Nile and Rainbow Girls. In 1973 Mrs. Isaacs proudly served as Worthy Matron of Eastern Star, in 1983 served as President of Beauceant and in 2000 received her 50 year recognition as a member of Eastern Star. The devotion, love, commitment and dedication to and from her Masonic family are immeasurable. Mrs. Isaacs is survived by her two children Linda Gadberry and husband Bob of Georgetown, TX and Jay Isaacs and wife Nancy of Midland, TX. She is also survived by two sisters Virginia Sprouse and Edna Shelton of Amarillo, TX. Frances was proud of her five grandchildren; Tammy McFarland and husband Eddie of Albuquerque, NM; Russell Isaacs of New York City; Melissa Ramsay and husband Trey of Elgin, TX; Ryan Isaacs and wife Ashley of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl; and Lesley Isaacs of Midland, TX. She also enjoyed being the great-grandmother of her seven great grandchildren; Evinn, Preston, George, Jack, Grace, Craig and Kaylyn. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack Isaacs, son Preston Isaacs, parents James and Minnie Smith, one sister Audrey and a brother Harold. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 pm MST on Monday, March 24, 2014, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Roswell, NM. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am MST on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Roswell, with burial to follow at South Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Roswell Masonic Heritage Fund, 2305 W College Blvd Roswell, NM 88201 or the Manor Park Foundation 2208 N. Loop 250 West Midland, TX 79707. The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Park, Midland Memorial Hospital, Hospice of Midland and Dr Robert Vogel for their dedication and commitment to our beloved family member.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2014