Carol A. Young Frank

Carol A. Young Frank

Our Sweet Mom and Grandmother, Carol A. Young Frank, passed away peacefully the evening of Sunday, February 3, 2013, in Plano, Texas. She was 83 years young, as Mom would say.

We are very grateful for the life she lived and the examples of strength, honesty and love that she lived every day. Her legacy for all of her children and grandchildren is that of living life without fear. Mom always taught us that God was the only power governing our lives, and that power represented Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth and Love—the seven synonyms for God, as taught in Christian Science. Our mother was a devout Christian Scientist and lived a beautiful, full life.

Mom was born in Chicago, Illinois, where she lived until attending college at Principia College, in Elsah, Illinois. Shortly before graduating with her degree in Fine Arts, mom met our dad when she went to sing for a girlfriend's wedding in California. Our dad, a handsome blue-eyed, blonde haired sailor, swept her off her feet, and they were married after she graduated from college, in 1951. They spent 39 years together before Dad passed in August of 1990.

Mom was a homemaker and part-time realtor, but her passion was singing in the Christian Science Church, as the church soloist for many years in the churches in Illinois. Since moving to Springfield, in 1976, Mom had been an active member in her local Springfield church, First Church of Christ, Scientist, where she served on several committees, and felt so blessed to have served several times as First Reader and Soloist.

Our mom also loved helping and teaching at the local preschools for Campbell United Methodist and Kid's First, where she was able to be closer to her two granddaughters Lauren and Ashtyn, when they were babies.

Our Dad, Jim E. Frank, along with Mom's parents, Harold and Helen Young Sr. and her brother, Harold Young Jr., her son-in-law Jeff A. Melton, and beloved brother-in-law Roy Frank, preceded her in passing, and we are sure they were all there to welcome her home.

Mom left many loved ones behind. Our goal is to live and follow the example she set to live with grace, dignity and love. Her proud children are: son Richard Frank and daughter-in-law Janice, Naperville, Illinois; daughter Carol Copeland, Plano, TX; daughter Bonnie Frank, of the home, Springfield; daughter Holly Melton-Clark and son-in-law Brad Clark, Springfield, MO. Her adored grandchildren are: Jef and Tanya Kane and great-grand children McKayla Nichols and Zachary Nichols, Lakebay, WA; Holly Copeland and Jim Copeland, Plano, TX; Charles and Blair Frank, Austin, TX; Martin Frank and Lindsey Mederich, Aurora, IL; Emily Frank, Chicago, IL; Lauren and Ashtyn Melton, and Jory and Keegan Clark, Springfield, MO. Mom was over-joyed as she was awaiting the birth of Charles' and Blair's first baby, a little boy who is due to grace this world in July.

A memorial service will be held at Campbell United Methodist Church, 1747 East Republic Rd, Springfield, MO, on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 7:00pm. Mom will be interred next to Dad, in the Springfield National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send a memorial contribution to The Leaves, Christian Science Nursing Home, 1230 West Spring Valley Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-7709 .

Published in the News-Leader from Mar. 10 to Mar. 12, 2013