Martha Louise Evans Francell

Martha Louise Evans Francell was born Oct. 13, 1925, in San Antonio. The mother of Jeff Davis County Commissioner Larry Francell, she died at home on Oct. 1, 2015. She was the oldest daughter of John W. Evans and Frances Evans, early settlers of Odessa and founders of the First Presbyterian Church. She is preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; her brother John Richard  Evans; and her husband Earl Francell. Mrs. Francell was a senior in high school when she met Earl Lawrence Francell, a staff sergeant stationed at the Midland Army Flying School, at a USO dance, and they were married Nov. 6, 1943. She was a "stay at home mom" until she went back to school to fulfill a life-long dream to become a registered nurse. She fulfilled all the academic and clinical requirements and took State Boards to become a registered nurse in 1974. She enjoyed working part time as a staff nurse at Medical Center Hospital on an orthopedic and neurosurgical unit. Also she enjoyed being camp nurse at Prude Ranch Camp in Fort Davis for kids part of every summer for 15 years. She was also the nurse for Bloys Campmeeting one week every summer for 17 years. She is a former member of the Junior League, served on the board of the Odessa Day Nursery, on the board of Planned Parenthood, and is a past president of the Women of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Francell were always active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Odessa, both having served in the office of Deacon. All four of their children attended San Jacinto Elementary School, Bowie Junior High and graduated from Odessa High School. For Mrs. Francell, Odessa was always home. She is survived by her sister Mary Frances VanPelt, who is married to W. P. "Chop" VanPelt; sister-in-law Joyce Evans; four children, Lawrence John Francell of Fort Davis, who is married to Beth Byerley Francell, Garry Francell of Honolulu, Hawaii, who is married to Jacqueline Winter, Clay Francell of Weatherford, who is married to Terri Tucker Francell, DeeAnn Francell McCutcheon of Odessa, who is married to James McCutcheon; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be at the First Presbyterian Church at 10 am on Oct. 24. Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Odessa or Bloys Campmeeting Association.
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