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Mary Frances Faircloth Gourley Whitwam, 83, finished her long battle with Alzheimer's disease on March 28, 2015, surrounded by family at her home.

Frances was born in Monkey Den, Kent., one of eight siblings born to Chester A. and Mary Dana (Edwards) Faircloth. She graduated from Heath High School, Paducah, Kent., in 1950. She and Hayden Gourley raised four children and moved to Alamogordo in 1971. They owned and operated the Ace Motel and Shell station until they retired.

Frances was active in the First Baptist Church, the PEO and the hospital auxiliary. She was beloved by family and friends alike. She was a wonderful, thoughtful, Godly, brave and a true role model. She was loving and fun. She shared her knowledge, instructing others to always "do your best - do the right thing."

Frances leaves behind her sons Chet (Mary) Gourley and Don Gourley, daughter Janet (Keith) Tremblay, daughter-in-law Dianna Gourley, granddaughters (and families) Michelle, Molly, Rachel, Miranda, Celeste and Michelle. She was also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, siblings Charlotte, Gloria, Dwain (Kay), Paul (Rilda) and Wendel (Dixie) and many nieces and nephews, as well as all of her wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Hayden Gourley, husband Richard Whitwam, son Ron Gourley and brothers Jerald and Arthur Lynn Faircloth.

We wish to extend our grateful thanks to the wonderful folks at Alamogordo Hospice for their tender care and concern, and all the other caregivers along the way that gave invaluable help.

Per her request, there will be no service, but we will have a time of remembrance on Saturday, April 25, from 2-4 p.m. at her home, 3002 Sunrise Avenue. Call 437-6993 for more information.

The Whitwam family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 12 to May 11, 2015
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