Frances Ware Dickens, 93, died on January 19, 2011 at Hospice Ministries after a brief illness. She was a long time resident of Carthage, MS, having lived these last years at the Willard Bond Home to be near her daughters. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 23, 2011 from 2-3 pm at Wilcox Funeral Home in Carthage, MS, with funeral services at 3 pm at the Wilcox Chapel. Burial will follow at Harris Cemetery, Carthage.
Frances was born in Taylorsville, MS to Delus Ethel Ware and Nola Edith Ainsworth, she was the oldest of 8 children. She graduated from Taylorsville High School and attended Northwest Jr College 2 yrs majoring in Business. She worked for Farm Security Administration when she joined the US Navy Waves during WWll, being stationed in St Louis, MO, Great Lakes and Chicago, IL.
She was married to Wade R Dickens June 29, 1945 making their home in Carthage,MS. Frances was a homemaker and girl scout leader when her daughters were small. She later worked for Farmers Home Administration where she retired. She loved to read and she loved listening to music, and she loved to sing with the Senior Saints Carthage UMC in her later years.
Frances is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Wade Dickens who passed away May 26, 1988, her parents and one sister, Johnnie Carlson of Gulfport, MS.
She is survived by her children, Mary Rogers (WIlliam) of Brandon, MS, and Dr Martha Dickens (Bob Middleton) of Madison,MS; grandchildren are Amanda Rogers and Daniel Rogers of Brandon, MS, Caitlin Lawshe (Will) of Ridgeway, CO, Wade Rogers of Brandon, MS, and Matt Middleton of Madison,MS. She is also survived by sisters, Ruth La Borde of Pineville,LA, Hettie Doris Myrick of Laurel, MS, Jackie Schaub of Magee, MS, Jessie Leake of Mt Pleasant, TX, and brothers, Ben Ware(Freda) of Gautier,MS, and Tom Ware(Carolyn) of Moselle,MS.
The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of the Bond Home for their love and care of Frances during the years she lived there.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Carthage UMC, American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
Source: Published in Clarion Ledger on January 22, 2011