Frances Eleanor Knight, 87, was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Maria Elena, Chile, South America, to Robert E.B. and Nellie Walker Baylor. She passed away at Brookdale Assisted Living in Ada on the morning of Jan. 7, 2017.
As a small child, she lived in several different mining towns in South America and her playmates were mostly the Bolivian and Chilean
Indians. Spanish became her second language and even as dementia stole her, she would break into a Spanish conversation. Her father was a civil engineer who worked for the Anaconda Copper mines and was one of the engineers that helped design and build the Panama Canal.
Frances' family was deeply rooted in Texas history from Baylor University to the Alamo to the Texas Rangers. After high school graduation in Clarksville, Virginia, Frances and her mother
relocated to the Baylor Ranch in Sierra Blanca, Texas. She worked briefly at the Hudspeth County courthouse. One day she saw the most handsome man she had ever seen through her windshield at the Texaco station. She loved him from that day forward and married Delbert Knight on Valentines Day 1949 at the Baylor Ranch in Sierra Blanca, Texas. They lived in Fort Hancock, Texas, until they moved to Stratford in the early 1950s, where they made their home until she moved to Assisted Living a year ago.
She devoted her entire life to being a good wife, mother and grandmother. Her riches and accomplishments are represented in her children and grandchildren. While she didn't work outside the home after marriage, she worked side by side with Delbert to make their ranch a success. The saying goes, behind every good man there is
a strong woman. That was Frances. There was always room at her table for one more and she fed many. She was a marvelous cook and a welcoming hostess to everyone who came. She made everyone feel special and never tired of doing that job.
She was preceded in death by her soulmate and husband, Delbert R Knight in 2005; her parents; a brother; two sons, Delbert R Knight Jr and James Russell Knight; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law that she felt so blessed to have in her life.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Debra Knight, of Stratford; two daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and Jim Little of Lexington and Mary and James Qualls of Stratford; 13 grandchildren and their spouses, Amy and Spanky Assiter of Canyon, Texas, Yancy Paul, Caleb and Ashley Paul, all from Lexington, Jamie Little of Flower Mound, Texas, Megan and Nick Schroeder of Magnolia, Texas, Travis and Brook Little of Owasso, Danette Qualls and Drs. Heath and Meghan Qualls of Weatherford, Texas, John Qualls of Stratford, Lindsey and Alec
Foster of Spanaway, Washington, Matthew and Shelley Knight of Stratford, Laura Knight of Ada and Michael Knight of Irving, Texas. 11 great-grandchildren and their spouses, Alli and Robert Kranz of Austin, Texas; Brittany and Robert Sidwell of Oklahoma City; Julia Sparks of Canyon Texas, Smith, Sadye and Hunter Paul of Lexington, Audrey, Colby and Collette Little of Owasso, Tyson Qualls, of Weatherford, Texas, and Amelia Foster of Spanaway, Washington. One sister-in-law, Velva Ann Bivins and a brother-in-law, Bernard Sharp, both of
Shawnee; and many nieces and nephews that she loved so dearly.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Dearman-Pickard Funeral Home in Stratford. Interment will follow at McGee Cemetery.
Should you so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OMRF Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 Northeast 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Published on January 9, 2017