Frances Graham Perkins

Frances Graham Perkins
January 28, 1932 - September 7, 2021

Frances Mewbourn Graham was born January 28, 1932; the eldest child to Mary Mewborn and Walter Mewbourn. Frances was a loving sister, mother, grandmother, and beloved aunt to her family. Frances was preceded in death by her parents Mary Mewbourn and Walter Mewbourn, her nephew John Paul Mewbourn, sister and brother-in-law Janice and Carrol Golightly, infant brother W. M. Mewborn, brother-in-law Jerry Cook, brothers Louie Mewbourn, David ‘Son’ Mewbourn, and Paul Mewbourn, infant granddaughter Lisa Boothe and her grandson Jesse Cooper. She is survived by her sister Joan Cook of Athens, Tx, sister-in-law Mitzi Mewbourn of Del Valley, TX, her son Donald and wife Becky Cooper of Brownsboro, TX, son Ronald Cooper of Ben Wheeler, TX, son David Graham of Van, TX, daughter Ann Boothe and husband Tommy Boothe of Athens, TX, and daughter Theresa Gail Pertle Van, Tx; 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 11 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Frances passed peacefully in her sleep on September 7, 2021 with her daughter Ann and sister Joan both ever vigilant at her side in Tyler, Tx.

Frances was our cousin, sister, mother, aunt, and Nanny. She lived most of her life in Van and the Van, TX area. She raised her 5 children mostly as a single and devoted mother: working in a refrigerated warehouse for many years and in the Van ISD janitorial department into retirement. Frances was heavily involved in her families’ lives. She hauled her own children and grandchildren around to their various activities and still managed to have lots of time for her nieces and nephews; spoiling them in childhood; many of whom in turn spoiled her while she was in her golden years. Frances was also a devoted daughter to her parents providing daily care to both during their final days. Frances got to travel with many of her cousins, siblings, children and nieces. She visited Jamaica on a Caribbean cruise with one of her nieces, she traveled to Austin many times to sightsee with her brother and his family as well as countless adventures with various family members. She made an adventure out of every trip, whether it was just to Dr’s appointment or going to the Dollar General there was always a story to tell after. Frances loved hearing all our stories and she loved telling us stories of her life. Frances taught us to laugh with family, forgive in anger, and how to be heard in chaos.

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 there will be no public services at this time. Our family will hold a memorial for her later. If you would like to send condolences or would like to attend the memorial, please email plb8121983@gmail.com or you can send mail to 12083 FM 59 Athens, TX 75751 to Ann Boothe who will deliver it to the family at your request.