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Frances Brown

Thursday, June 10, 2021
Frances Brown

Frances Elizabeth Wilson Brown, 68, of Temple, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at home surrounded by her family.

Frances was diagnosed in August of 2017 with acute myeloid leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant in December 2017 from her sister Mary Esseltine.

Frances was born to Grady and Marjorie Morrison Wilson of Belton at Sewell-Long Hospital in Belton on Jan. 31, 1953.

She married Terry Brown of Evant on Dec. 19, 1975, at First United Methodist Church in Belton. She was the proud mother to William Wilson Brown and Wesley Wilson Brown, and most loving “Granny” to two grandchildren she cherished and adored.

Frances graduated from Belton High School in 1971 and pursued her passion for nursing with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor from which she received her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1975. Frances remained a supporter of UMHB since her graduation and could be found cheering on the UMHB Crusader football team with children and grandchildren.

Frances began her career as a nurse in 1975 at Hamilton General Hospital, then in September 1979 began her legacy of working as a school nurse.

Frances was the school nurse for Hamilton, Hico, Evant, Pottsville, Oglesby and Jonesboro school districts and a few years later became the full time nurse at Hamilton ISD.

In January 2006, she became the school nurse for Killeen ISD at Manor Middle School and then Palo Alto Middle School.

She retired in May 2016 after 37 years of school nursing.

Frances held a true passion for nursing, in which she mentored many students in their education in becoming nurses from local college and universities and developed lasting friendships with nurses and those she encountered throughout her career.

Frances spoke highly and cherished the friendships and staff whom she encountered throughout her medical treatment with Scott and White until her last days.

Frances’ hobbies included serving as president of the Texas School Nurse Organization in 1999, spending hours on the lake fishing with Terry, camping, reading, crocheting, sewing and spoiling her grandchildren by any means. She loved horses and attending the rodeo.

Frances also had a love for riding Harleys with Terry all over the United States and Canada for many years and loved visiting the Cayman Brac to snorkel and soak up the rays.

Frances is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles Earl Wilson.

Frances is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Terry Brown of Temple; children William and Brandee Brown and granddaughter Sophia Brown of Hutto and Wesley and Carina Brown and grandson Noah Brown of Temple; sister Mary Wilson Esseltine and husband John of Moody; nieces Brandy Wilson Agnew and Macey Wilson of Groesbeck and Hope Esseltine of Temple; and many extended family and friends.

Memorials may be made to Evant United Methodist Church, 235 US Highway 281, Evant, Texas 76525