Frances Marie Noblit Kelly went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 16, 2016. She was 92 years old. Frances was born on August 25, 1923, in Longview, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James (Jim) Kelly; parents, Georgie Lee Dunn Noblit and Charles Franklin Noblit; sisters, Louise Peal, Katherine Stuebben, and Helen Baker; and brother, Frank Noblit.
She is survived by daughter, Debbie Kelly Smith and husband, Sam Smith of DeSoto, TX; grandchildren, LoriSmith of Red Oak, TX, Kristi Smith Shumate and husband Cary of Lewisville, TX; Garrett Smith and Ethan Smith both of DeSoto, TX; and great-grandchildren Sadie Shumate, Zachary Buchanan and Levi Buchanan; nephews, Chris Stuebben, Jr., Jimmy Noblit and wife Marion, Steve Noblit, and Les Baker and wife Melinda; nieces, Trish Kee, and Kay Little; half-brother, Raymond Noblit; also Jim’s niece and nephew she loved as her own, Mike Kelly and wife Janyce and Patti Stone and husband Jim; and special friends Forrester, Tammy and Matthew Lowrie.
Frances accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 13 at a revival in a mission church of First Baptist Church, Longview, and was baptized at First Baptist Longview. She met her husband, Jim, at a youth wiener roast fellowship and they also attended Longview Junior High School and Longview High School together, where they graduated. They dated throughout high school and married on December 6, 1942, just prior to Jim’s service in the US Navy during World War 2. Frances was a licensed beautician and worked until daughter Debbie was born. She devoted the remainder of her life to her family, her church and most importantly, her God. She taught children, youth and adult Sunday School classes for many, many years. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. She was also an accomplished seamstress. Frances was a devoted and loving caregiver to Jim in his final years until his passing in 2005. She took great joy in being a wife, mom and grandmother and always made sure the grandchildren had a great time when they visited — which they always did! She will be greatly missed but her family takes great comfort in that “to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord”.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm, Monday, June 20, at Jaynes.
Memorial service will be 3:00 pm, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 265 W. Pleasant Run Road in Cedar Hill, Texas, officiated by Dr. Mike Simmons and Bro. Weldon Doherty.
Burial will follow at a later date in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the Crescent Place Assisted Living and Hospice Plus staff for their loving care and support.