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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Frances Gray Washington

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  • Funeral services for Frances Gray Washington, 98, are at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Kirk Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Louis Cox officiating. Interment will follow in Clearview Cemetery.
    She was born Oct. 26, 1915, in Marietta, to Maggie and Andrew Gray. She was the third child born to this union. Her siblings were Anna Dumas, Walter Debro and Andrea Lee Gray. Washington lived a major part of her life in Ardmore, and was a lifetime member of Warren Memorial United Methodist Church. She graduated from Ardmore's Douglass High School in 1933, and graduated from Langston University in 1938 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She was a member of the Ardmore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Classique Club, and volunteered to assist with Habitat for Humanity.
    Washington earned her master's degree from the University of California in physical education, and later a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman in physical education. She taught school at Wynnewood, St. John in Newport, and was a coach at Central in Carter County. For 25 years, Washington taught in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. She was an Army veteran of WWII. Prior to entering the service and while a resident in Los Angeles, she worked in the war plant.
    She departed this life Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Oklahoma's Veterans Center in Ardmore.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and each of her siblings.
    She is survived by the Jewett family of Colorado Springs; a sister-in-law, Mildred Phelps; a niece, Janet Short; her daughter; and her very special family, BettyE and Charles Cox Jr., and Frank Lewis Cox.
    Viewal will be from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. today at Kirk Chapel.
    Active bearers are Charles Dean, William Charles Smith, Tommy Lee Thompson, John Earl Thompson, Harold Brown, Billy Jean Williams, Ralph Williams and Alford Officer. Honorary bearers are Leon Thomas, Bill Clark, Ronald Roberson and Charles Cox.

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