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Frances Louise Stevens Tarpley

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After 99 years on this earth, Frances Louise Stevens Tarpley of Kaufman passed away July 1, 2018 in her home with her loving caregivers by her side. Frances was born in the community of Becker April 13, 1919 to Izora and William J. Stevens. Frances grew up in the Becker community and graduated from Kemp High School in 1938. She married Roland Tarpley Aug. 14, 1943 at the Becker Methodist parsonage while Roland was serving in the U.S. Army. Frances was a devoted housewife and an excellent cook. She always had her famous pound cake ready whenever a visitor called. She was a life-long, active member of Becker United Methodist Church. Frances invested her life’s energy into Becker United Methodist Church, the Becker Community Center and the Lone Oak Cemetery where she served tirelessly and selflessly in many capacities. She was very proud of her heritage, family and community. She took on the unofficial role of family, church and community historian as she compiled many photographs and articles and recorded genealogical facts. Some of her work can be found at the Kaufman Public Library in a compilation titled, “Memories of Becker United Methodist Church”. Frances touched and served many lives and will be greatly missed. Her family wishes to extend our gratitude to Frances’s loving caregivers for their care, kindness and devotion. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Roland Tarpley and by her siblings William J. Stevens, Doris R. Stephens and Doyle H. Stevens. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their spouses whom she loved and who loved her. A celebration of her life was held July 7, 2018 at Becker United Methodist Church with a luncheon afterwards in the Becker Community Center. Interment followed at Lone Oak Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be made to Becker United Methodist Church.