Frances “Fran” Edwards


Frances Wyndolene Durham Edwards was born September 25, 1929 to Chester and Ada Durham. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ralph J. Edwards, daughter, Charlotte Day, husband, Carrol G. Day; daughter, Cathy Edwards; Grandchildren, Collin and wife Kristin Day, Carissa and husband, Nick Vann, and Connor Day; great- grandchildren, Eden, McKenna, and Jillian Vann; Cayden, Kyla, and Maddie Kate Day; a brother, Dale and wife Marge Durham, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by parents; Chester and Ada Durham, brother, Don Durham, and a daughter, Cynthia Celeste Edwards.

Early in life Fran asked Jesus to be her Savior and Lord and was baptized by W. A. Criswell at First Baptist Church, Chickasha, Oklahoma. She felt that God called her to be a missionary and loved going on mission trips to tell people the good news about Jesus. She traveled to Argentina, Africa, Brazil, France, Guyana, Germany, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Siberia, and Venezuela. Fran felt that the local church was also a mission field. She felt it was her mission to let everyone she came in contact with know how much Jesus loves them. She wanted each person to know Jesus as their personal Savior. She worked on a book to help new Christians grow in their faith.

Church was always a very important part of her life. Ralph, her husband was a minister their entire married life. Throughout their marriage, she played a supportive role to his ministry in several churches, in Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas. She taught teenagers and adults in Sunday School. Through the years, in several churches, she was the director of “G.A.’s” Girl’s Auxiliary, a group that taught girls the importance of scripture memorization and sharing the gospel locally and abroad by actions, deeds, and financial support. She also helped sponsor multiple youth mission trips to many areas of the United States.

Fran loved her family dearly, loved to cook, and was a gracious hostess to those who visited her home. She loved to set a beautiful table and entertain guests and family for meals and special occasions. She was a substitute teacher in public schools and worked as a secretary in several churches through the years.

Fran will be deeply missed by her loved ones and friends. We know confidently that her thoughts are clear and her hearing crystal. Her beautiful blue eyes sparkling as she confidently lifts her voice with the angels in heaven. She is secure in the arms of Jesus.

Fran studied her Bible faithfully and Psalm 37:4 helped direct her life:  Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

The service celebrating Fran’s life will be held at 6:00pm Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Sagemont Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be privately held at Forest Lawn Cemetery.