Leta Francis Pemberton
1940 - 2021
Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX
PEMBERTON, Leta Francis Leta Francis Pemberton, age 80, of Frisco, Texas passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 18, 2021. She was born on December 13, 1940, to Leta Lorene Scott and Marion David Baker in Slaton, Texas. Leta graduated from Burkburnett High School. She also attended Wichita Falls General Hospital School of Nursing, as well as Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, Texas. While working at the hospital she met the love of her life, Harold G. Pemberton. On May 29, 1960, in Wichita Falls, Texas they were married. They moved to Pilot Point, Texas where Harold went to work for Beck Funeral Home. Harold and Leta began a 40 year career of owning and operating Pemberton Funeral Homes in Frisco, Celina, Aubrey, Lewisville and Commerce, Texas. They loved their involvement in every community and the life long friendships that endure to this very day. Leta enjoyed life to the fullest. She most of all loved her sons and their friends and never missed a football or baseball game their entire time of playing sports. She was so devoted that even in a full plaster body cast due to scoliosis she would lay in the ambulance in the end zone to watch their games for four long years. In her later years she battled breast cancer and heart disease. "She was the toughest person I've ever known" says David Pemberton. Never give up. Leta was an accomplished musician and could play any song from any decade on the piano or organ without the music. She loved playing and singing gospel hymns with her beloved brother, Bill Baker. She played the organ on just about every funeral and most of the churches every Sunday for decades. Leta is survived by her two sons, David Pemberton and his wife, Laurie of Dallas, Texas, Banks Pemberton and his wife, Kamye of Gainesville, Texas. Her three grandchildren, Jacqueline Freedman, Brennan Pemberton and Forrest Pemberton; her brother, Jim Baker and his wife, Connie of Wichita Falls, Texas; Chelette Baker of Houston, Texas; and numerous extended family members and a host of friends. Honorary Pallbearers include Phil Smith Jr., David Dunning, Darren Blanton, Warren Houser, Barry Davis, Jackie Davis, J.D. Tadlock, G.A. Moore, Barry Vaughn, Blake Vaughn, Jon Whitten, Jim Vice, Gary Thomas, Jackie Thomas, Van Nichols, Larry Francis, Kelly Francis, Denny Francis, David Tripplehorn, Doug Morris, Mark Hutchison, Noe Lopez, Sergio Lopez, Ronnie Phillips, Donnie Phillips, Bill Winfrey. Leta was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Glen Pemberton; parents, Leta and Marion Baker; her two brothers, Marion Baker Jr. and Billy Joe Baker. A special thanks to Myrna Babozza for her tireless care and love for my mom. Family and friends are invited to a Visitation Friday, November 26, 2021, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 8520 Main Street, Frisco, Texas, from 6-8 pm. A Chapel Service will be held at Sparkman/Hillcrest Mausoleum on Saturday, November 27, 2021, beginning at 11:00 am. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association or The American Cancer Society in her honor. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit tjmfuneral.com.

Published by Dallas Morning News on Nov. 24, 2021.
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David, Banks, Kayme and rest of the family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mama Leta was a very special person to me and my family. She will be greatly missed.
Diane (Gracy) Dodson
November 27, 2021
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
November 24, 2021
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