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Frances Goodwin Sheffield Beene
Birth: Feb. 7, 1921
Anderson County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 2006
Anderson County
Texas, USA

Frances was the second daughter of Jasper and Stella Sheffield, the younger sister of James Ewell "Buddy" Sheffield, Ruby (Sheffield) Goff and Belva (Sheffield) Handley, and elder sister of Laura (Sheffield) Brown and Zelda (Sheffield) Thompson.

She was a native of the Hickory Grove community, a few miles southeast of Slocum. She graduated from Elkhart High School in 1938. She married Aaron Beene on July 4, 1939, and they had six children together: Stella (b. 1940), Dianna (b. 1946), Frances Ann (b. 1948), William Dixon (b. & d. 1955), Aaron Roy (b. 1956), and Dixie Lee (my mother - b. 1958). She passed away quietly and peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at a nursing home in Palestine, TX, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

From the Palestine Herald, March 10, 2006:
"Services for Frances Goodwin Beene, 85, of the Hickory Grove community, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday [March 11] at Muse Baptist Church with the Rev. Lynn Wilhite officiating. Burial will follow in Muse Cemetery are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.

Mrs. Beene died Tuesday at Cartmell Home for Aged.

She was born Feb. 7, 1921 in Anderson County to Jasper S. and Estella Mae Clark Sheffield.

Mrs. Beene was a homemaker and a member of the Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church.

She married Aaron Obediah Beene on July 4, 1939.

Mrs. Beene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Aaron Obediah Beene, in 1999; a son, William Dixon Beene; sisters, Laura Brown, Zelda Thompson and Ruby Goff.

She is survived by her children, Stella Butler of Elkhart, Dianna Hokanson and Frances Walther of Pearland, Aaron R. Beene of the Hickory Grove community, and Dixie Shepherd of Kenosha, Wis.; grandchildren, Dianna Homann, Larry M. Butler, Joe R. Butler, Patricia Hokanson, Frances Caballero, Sarah Hokanson, Mary Hokanson, Marlo Gordon, Sharla Ortiz, Vickie Heinrich, Elizabeth Lenz, Rebekah Beene, Christina Shepherd, Steven Shepherd, Daniel Shepherd, Laura Shepherd; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Belva Handley of Columbus, Ohio; nieces, Judy Goedicke, Mildred Jester and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Larry Butler, Joe Butler, Mike Homann, Jaime Caballero, Johnny Gordon, Charles Oritz, Joe Heinrich, and Drew Lenz. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Beene and Walter Neel Beene.

Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today [March 10] at Bailey & Foster, Palestine."

Frances was a very good seamstress, and made many clothes, quilts, and other household goods. She also enjoyed painting and taking walks. She taught me how to crochet, a hobby I have enjoyed for years now.

One of her best qualities was her sense of humor, which she kept right down to the end. She was always ready to laugh, and even when she could no longer communicate verbally, she would try to get others to laugh by sticking out her tognue and making funny noises. She always wanted people to be happy. 
Family links: 
  Jasper S. Sheffield (1874 - 1950)
  Estella Mae Clark Sheffield (1887 - 1939)
  Aaron Obediah Beene (1917 - 1999)*
  William Dixon Beene (1955 - 1955)*
  Mary Ann Sheffield (1895 - 1895)**
  Ruby Elza Sheffield Goff (1904 - 1953)**
  Frances Goodwin Sheffield Beene (1921 - 2006)
  Zelda Finiece Sheffield Thompson (1926 - 1992)*
*Calculated relationship
Muse Cemetery
Anderson County
Texas, USA
Created by: Christie Marie Shepherd
Record added: Mar 07, 2006
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