FRANCES BENBOW BURKE, of Houston passed away on October 21, 2008, at the age of 101. She was born in Yoakum, Texas on March 5, 1907. Until her retirement, Frances worked as a secretary for Beacon Petroleum Co. Over the years, she volunteered for numerous charitable organizations and was known for her many acts of kindness toward those less fortunate than herself. Frances enjoyed the many bridge parties that she hosted, as well as the civic activities she often supported. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Burke, Sr. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James Lee Burke, Jr. and Pearl Pai Burke; grandson, James L. Burke, III; granddaughters, Andree Walsh, Pamala Burke McDavid, and Alafair Burke; great-grandsons, James Lee Burke, IV, Jack Walsh, and James Parker McDavid, and great-granddaughter, Emma Walsh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066. Interment will take place at a family cemetery in New Iberia, LA.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 23, 2008.