Frances Aileen Hudspeth

August 13, 2020

Frances Aileen Hudspeth, 94, of South Greenfield, Missouri, departed this life Tuesday, August 11, 2020 in her home surrounded by her family.

She was born October 16, 1925 in Dade County, Missouri, to Willis and Luella “Dollie” (Sweet) Hembree. She was united in marriage to Bill Waldon Hudspeth on May 3, 1947 in Bolivar, Missouri. Frances was a member of Round Grove Baptist Church and The America Legion Auxiliary.

She graduated from Greenfield High School in 1942 at the age of 16 and immediately started working to help support her family. During World War II, she worked at the Dade County Rationing Office where she earned the nickname “Sugar”. She also worked in the Officers Pay Section of O’Reilly Hospital at Springfield, Missouri, until the war was over. Returning to Greenfield, she worked for a time at Russell Abstract Co. later known as Russell/Bryant Abstract, Real Estate, Insurance. For many years she worked as a secretary in the insurance field, retiring in 1984 from Bryant/Marshall Agency.

Frances and Bill lived in the Pennsboro, Mssouri, community for many years acquiring many life long friends. Later, they wintered in McAllen, Texas, for 18 years making new friends from all over the country. Frances continued going to Texas for four years after Bill passed. She especially enjoyed the music jamborees and playing bingo twice a week.

Frances is preceded in death by her parents; four siblings, Herbert Oscar, Howard Percy, Martha Margaret (Kitchen), Hugh Lawson and her husband, Bill Waldon Hudspeth.

Survivors include three daughters: Kathy Blackwell, Patsy Fox and husband Joe, Karen Gardner and husband Donnie; six grandchildren, Beth (Blackwell) Quinn, Jesica (Fox) Griggs and Mike, Lacey Fox, Cole Gardner and Samantha, Jade (Gardner) Kahre and Zach, and Jordan (Gardner) Spain and Josh; 17 great grandchildren, Brady, Kelsey and Kameron Quinn, Zaide and Javin Rice, Myka Griggs, Carson and Cohen Calvin, Lincoln Gardner, Nash and Hudson McGuire, McKrae Daniel, Raleigh and Ridge Kahre, Tucker, Lilly and Jentry Spain; six great-great grandchildren, Ryan and Freya Quinn, Braxton and Braelyn VanVallis, Kashtyn and Remington Quinn.

Graveside services are at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020, in Pennsboro Cemetery.
Friends and family are welcome to view and pay their respects on Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and also Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Greenfield Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsboro Community Building Fund or to the Pennsboro Cemetery.

Services were under the care of Greenfield Funeral Chapel.