PORTALES — Funeral services for Frances Nan Burris, 97, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Walter Huber and the Rev. Wesley McAfee officiating. Burial will follow in Portales Cemetery, with Houston Wall, Jim Bob Wall, David Weaver, Roy Rackler, Fernie Tapia and Jack Hightower serving as pallbearers.
Frances Nan Burris was born Oct. 15, 1915, in Dora, to the home of May Sunshine and Fredrick James Hodges, and died April 20, 2013, in Lubbock.
Mrs. Burris grew up in Dora and graduated from Dora High School. She attended what was then Eastern New Mexico Junior College for two years and graduated in the first graduating class. She began working as a home economist for the New Mexico Rural Development Corp. It later became known as the Federal Housing and Urban Development Agency, and finally as the Federal Housing Authority. Frances worked for the Federal Government for 32 years, retiring in 1976.
On Aug. 2, 1947, in Phoenix, she was married to Butler Orel “Snooks” Burris. The couple had two children. They were a ranching family living south of Socorro. Frances could tend to cattle or fix up a hearty meal for the crew. Mrs. Burris was a faithful Christian and a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed working with ceramics, making dolls, tending to a garden and entering canned fruit and vegetables in the county and state fairs.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Harry James “Tommy” and Lisa Burris, of Roswell; her daughter and son-in-law Lillian Frances and David Weaver, of Dallas; three grandchildren, Chris Eatherington, and Avie Ray and Ellie Nan Burris. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Martha Lott; and by her husband, who died in 1971.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.