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Frances A. Gonzales was born on 17 April 1933 in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Fox Tech High School she married on 12 July 1950 and began her married life with her military spouse and moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Their travels took them to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Lewis, Washington, Okinawa and Hawaii. She was involved in community activities in all of the bases where the family was stationed. Whenever on leave, she returned home to be with her family, especially her five sisters.
Frances was a Veteran of Foreign War Auxiliary Ladies Member of 9186. She served as Senior Vice President in 1986.She served two terms as President of the auxiliary in the years 1994-1995 and 1999-2000. Frances was awarded with appreciation for making the auxiliary number one in Division VI District 20. She was elected and served as President to Division VI District 20 for two terms. During her 1999-2000 term she earned the Outstanding District President Award. She served again during 2006-2007 and was responsible for 15 auxiliaries under her.
As a member of the San Antonio community, Frances volunteered during Christmas and Thanksgivings at the Retama Nursing Home. As a volunteer, Frances was dependable and always looked forward to participating in charitable events.
During her life Frances enjoyed participating in sports. Most people do not know she was on fast-pitch softball teams at Fort Campbell and on Okinawa. She was an avid bowler, the best in the family. Raising a family of six children, she also took on jobs outside the household as a cook and was constantly depended on to handle the physically tough tasks to get the job done. In her travels from base to base, imagine traveling, without help, with six children. In 1963 she traveled with her six children from San Antonio, Texas to Okinawa, which required overnight stays in Seattle, Washington and Tokyo, Japan. Any of you who know her children, know this had to be a tough trip. Her leadership skills kept them under control and the trip went smoothly. She was and probably still is a true San Antonio Spurs fan, with Manu Ginobili being her favorite player.
Frances had a big heart, taking in rescued dogs. She has had numerous, and they were and are very protective of her. They weren't always the prettiest of dogs, but they were happy with her.
Frances is survived by her husband, Alfredo Z. Gonzales; her children, Christopher, Alfredo "Robin", Richard, Roger, Terry, and Frances. She has numerous grand- and great-grand children; two sisters, Cora Lopez and Sister Miriam Therese Alvarado, along with numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 6:00pm - 9:00 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary.
MARCH 27, 2013
PORTER LORING CHAPEL
MARCH 28, 2013
PORTER LORING CHAPEL
1101 MCCULLOUGH AVE
Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
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Published in Express-News on Mar. 26, 2013