Frances Faith Liles

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Funeral services for Frances Faith Liles will be at 11:00 am Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Emerald Bay Community Church with Reverend Lynn Willhite officiating. Burial will be in Cathedral in the Pines.

Frances Liles passed away peacefully on October 29, 2018 at age 90. She is survived by her loving daughter Melissa Victoria Copeland and loving son Edward Glenn Liles. She will be joining her husband James Kenneth, her oldest son James Stephen and her brother Arthur as she crosses over into Heaven. She has left behind a legacy of grandchildren and great grandchildren who were honored to be around 'Grandmother'. Their names are too many to mention here. We will all miss her.

Fran was married to Ken for 70 years before Ken passed away last year; almost a year to the day. He and Fran were members at Emerald Bay since 1974. Fran was a very social person and an active member of Emerald Bay. She loved gardening, flowers, and cooking. She was very competitive in bridge and mahjong. Over the years, she lost her ability to get around and her activities were fewer and far between. She always had a great attitude and a sharp sense of humor. There were many 'evening reports' on their patio with family, friends and neighbors solving all of the world's problems.

She was born in 1928 in Edcouch, Texas. Her family moved up to San Antonio when she was young and lived there until she graduated high school. She participated in many sports and was one of the captains of her school's drill team. She was as smart as she was beautiful. She moved to Austin after graduation and worked for one of the state senator's at the Capitol building. That is where she met Ken and in her heart, he was the one. They were married in 1947. He graduated in 1949 and started a family. She stood beside her beau as he made his way up the corporate ladder. She, in the meantime, raised 2 boys and 1 beautiful daughter. She was the original 'wonder woman', she could cook like nobody's business and she kept us kids in line with a strict and caring love. The family needed extra money, so she taught herself drafting and worked her own way forward through many drafting firms; drawing up her own house plans along the way. Dad moved every 4 years so mom became a moving expert. It was never easy, but she was always up for the challenge. They semi-retired full time to Lake Palestine in 1976; living on the other side of the lake from Emerald Bay. It was about 1979 when they opted to move over to Emerald Bay full time.

Mom was a very strong-willed, loving woman who loved to entertain. She was very active in all parts of life. She and dad loved to dance and they 'wowed' us kids well into their 60's. They were a couple in love until his dying day; and you could see the 'spark' in their eye whenever one saw the other. She was a wonderful mom and taught us kids everything we needed to know. She was an even better grandmother to her grand-children and great grandchildren making them goodies and nurturing them like she used to do her flowers; kissing away all of their pains and helping them along their way in life. Every summer, she gave us kids a break by holding 'Camp Grandma' for our children. The grandkids loved it and came back with many tales of adventure and fun with Grandmother and Papa.

My sister and I were blessed to have such a wonderful mother. We love you mom and will miss you. You leave a hole in our hearts but we know you are in a better place. We will always love you.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Nov. 2, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Lloyd James Funeral Home
1011 East First Street | Tyler, TX 757013308 | (903) 597-6611
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