Mary Frances 'Fran' Grise, never met a stranger

August 4, 2013

Mary Frances "Fran" Grise, passed away Thursday,  Aug. 1, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.

Born Aug. 11, 1945, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Eleanore Timmons Emerson.  On Aug. 11, 1963, she married her beloved husband, George Grise in Millsboro. Fran was simply a marvelous conversationalist, who enjoyed people more than anything.  She was a natural working as a waitress, and also was hostess of Tupperware parties, and sold Tupperware for more than 30 years. She had worked as a waitress at Green Pasture’s Diner (now Doyles) and loved the “Sunday’s at Doyle’s” and loved “well done” shrimp and French fries.

She was a member of Life Church in Georgetown. She was an outgoing person who loved to share time talking with people.  She loved Westerns, needlepoint and embroidery.  She was a loving mother, devoted to her family and was the “point person” for the Class of 63 from John M. Clayton, keeping everyone in the class up to date on how everyone was doing.  She just never met a stranger.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, George; and her children: Tami Hooper and her husband Russell of Roxana, and Kimberly LeCates and her husband Michael of Frankford.  She also has a brother, George W. Emerson Jr. and wife Shirley of Dagsboro; and her three grandchildren: Russell Hooper Jr; Ryan Ballard and Rebekah Ballard; along with many friends, extended family members, and her JMC Classmates.  Also it is fitting to remember her beloved feline friend, Chubb.

Fran was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by two siblings: a sister: Jerry Reese; and a brother: William V. Emerson.

A funeral service and Celebration of Her Life will be held at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 12:30 p.m., where friends may call two hours prior for viewing and visitation. Pastor Parris Sexton will officiate.  Interment follows at the Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions either to the Dagsboro or Frankford Volunteer Fire Companies; or the Indian River High School Band Boosters; 29722 Armory Road; Dagsboro, DE 19939.