Frances Vivian Roach Willard, age 90, passed away in Amarillo, Texas on Friday September 16, 2016. She will lie-instate for viewing 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday September 19, 2016 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday September 20, 2016 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park. Ron Roach will be officiating.
Frances Vivian Roach Willard was born September 4, 1926, to Manis and Mattie Roach, in Keen, Texas. Frances was the fourth child of eight children, four brothers and three sisters, and grew up and attended church and school in Field, New Mexico. Frances met her future sister-in-law, Florene Willard, at church, and also met Florene's brother, Homer. They were married September 20, 1943. Florene met Frances's brother, Cecil, and they also married. Children from both unions were double cousins. Frances graduated from Field High School in 1945. Frances attended Calvary Baptist Church for many years, and First Baptist Church in Roswel1. Frances worked in retail clothing sales, and was an alteration seamstress at home.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Homer, on February 7, 1989. She was also preceded by her parents, brothers Carl, Ray, Cecil, C.L., and sisters, Fannie and Melba, and family member, Dena Amelia Diffrient Willard.
Frances is survived by her sister, Imogene Swinney of Amarillo, her loving children, Don Willard (Tamy) of Logan, New Mexico; Phyllis Arthur and Dale Willard of Roswell; grandchildren Gary Willard (Samantha) of Roswell, Marsha Duncan (Bobby) of Macon, Missouri, Jason Arthur and Jennifer Arthur, Craig Willard (Brandie), Amie Willard, and Christy Willard, all of Roswell; great-grandchildren Kayleen and Cheyanne Willard, Lacey Lewis, Sarah and Julian Arthur, Makayla Arthur and Joseph McKnight, Chase O'Shea, Destiny and Aiden Willard, Trevor Peralta and Devin Willard. Also surviving are her many friends in Roswell and in Logan, and her caregiver family at Autumn Blessings Assisted Living in Logan.
Frances was a very loving mother. She was a very strong, spiritual influence on her children. Parts of it have stuck better than other parts. She was a good influence on us growing up, she taught us right from wrong, but let us find our own path, we will always love you very much, mom.