Frances Erstine of Stuttgart, Arkansas, passed away after her
battle with cancer on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the age of
82. She was born August 2, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was
the daughter of the late Frank M. and Pansy Forbes Taliferro.
She married Roy Erstine November 25, 1963.
Mary Frances graduated from Wichita Falls High School in Wichita
Falls, Texas. She was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone
Company and transferred to Stuttgart Telephone Company in 1953.
Mary Frances was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and
served for many years on the Altar Society and Parish Council.
Mary Frances was a masterful seamstress and created beautiful
clothing and intricate needlework projects for her family and
friends. Her true passion was quilting and teaching classes for
sewing and quilting to others. Besides her love for sewing, she
enjoyed working in her yard and crappie fishing.
Mary Frances was a selfless, an eternal optimist and always
happy and energetic. She made many endearing friendships through
her sewing and volunteer activities. She loved and cherished her
husband, her sons and their wives, her wonderful granddaughter
and grandson. Her presence will be greatly missed.
Survivors are her husband, Roy Edward Erstine; two sons, Jon
Mark Erstine and wife Suzy and Tim Erstine and wife Kimberly;
granddaughter, Mary Kathryn Reabe and husband Eric; and
grandson, Jon Patrick Erstine.
The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Catholic
Church at 10:00 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Clayton Gould as
celebrant. Visitation will be at the church prior to the service
at 9:00 a.m. Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Rosary
Cemetery under the direction of Turpin Funeral Home.
For those desiring, the family requests memorials to be made to
Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1815 South Prairie, Stuttgart, Ark.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to her
longtime physician Dr. Noble Daniels and his nurse Amy Horst
Branson and to her caregivers, Ms. Diane Hall and Mrs. Nina
Avery and to her very special friends, Ms. Ann Kerksieck and Dr.
Barre Finan. And finally, the staff of Hospice Home Care who
provided excellent care in her last few months with us. You will
forever be held close to our hearts.