GRANBURY—A celebration of life for Francis Louise Rasberry Seymour, 90, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Wiley Funeral Home Chapel in Granbury. Interment will be held at Granbury Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, at Wiley Funeral Home.
Francis was born to Mr. and Mrs. Boston Perry Rasberry in the Pea Ridge community in Erath County. She grew up and attended school in the Morgan Mill area.
She married Tolbert EJ Seymour on Aug. 15, 1942 in Morgan Mill and followed him to duty stations at Ft. Riley KS and Ft. Bliss, Texas. She and EJ then settled in the Lipan area where they worked on several ranches before establishing their own spread in 1948.
They raised three children, Sandra Sue, Ronie J and Monty Ty Seymour.
She was a lifelong homemaker, mother, ranch-hand and business partner to the family. She had been employed outside the family as a cashier in El Paso, office worker at the Weatherford Livestock Auction in the early 60’s, factory worker at Mangold Toy Factory and as a seamstress at Maybelle Sportswear both located in Granbury. She was the matriarch of the family and the driving force behind all its endeavors and successes, always adhering to her favorite passage from Shakespeare “To thine own self be true”. She taught her children to be self-sufficient and independent in all things giving them the working tools for success in life. A friend and confidant to all she met. We learned from her how to live life to the fullest, to laugh with others and at ourselves, to cry for each other and to die with dignity.
She was a Christian and had attended many different churches in her lifetime. She belonged to several organizations and had several achievements among these were the Order of the Eastern Star where she was a 70 year member. She had been a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Hood County Sheriff’s Posse. She was nominated to the National Cowgirl’s Hall of Fame.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Boston and Myrtie Rasberry; husband, EJ Seymour; brother, Earl Rasberry and wife Pauline; son, Ronie J and wife Thea Seymour; daughter, Sandra and husband Benny Clark; and granddaughter, Amanda Seymour.
She is survived by son, Monty Seymour and wife Leslie of Lipan; grandchildren, Clay Clark of Euless, Kelly Blair and husband Andy of Bullard, Tracy Seymour-Emory Evans and husband Shannon of Bangs, Jake Seymour and wife Courtney of Lipan, Ronie Seymour and wife Jessica of Cleburne, Jennifer Wilson of Lipan, Connie Fendley and husband Patrick of Forney, and Randall Gallima and wife Tory of Ft. Riley, Kansas; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. As well as many children that she has “adopted” over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.